Event Result: The dissemination of innovative technologies in Mali

Event Result: The dissemination of innovative technologies in Mali

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After Senegal and Burkina Faso, the second event for disseminating innovative technologies was held in Mali from 17 to 21 October 2022. Several activities were on the programme: visits to test fields, training for drone pilots, and a farmers’ day, among others. In Mali, the plant Gliricidia Sepium is highly prized by farmers and is very effective in fertilising the soil and an excellent feed for livestock. However, not all farmers can access it, as it is not a local species.

Day 1 – Famers visit and drone imaging

The visit begins at the field of Adama Diarra, which has been growing sorghum for years. This is one of the test fields of the SustainSahel project, where several treatments are used. The farmer has found that crops grown with popularised mineral fertilisers are much more profitable. However, it is not cheap, as fertiliser is expensive, so he has to fall back on biomass, which enriches and protects the soil. Piliostigma and Guiera are also effective in the plots used as treatments, and the crop is very profitable. As for Gliricidia Sepium, it is not prevalent on their land.

It is important to show producers the yield of crops through images. A drone is often used to do this. The images taken will allow an observational study to be made to see the evolution of the crops. So, during this first day, IPR pilots were trained to use drones.

This dissemination event ended with the second edition of the agroecological farmers’ fair in the commune of Ouelessegou and Tamala, organised by AMSD, the Malian Association for Solidarity and Development, in the framework of the SustainSahel project. The aim of this fair is to promote farmers’ knowledge and agroecological and agroforestry practices, thus enabling producers and breeders to integrate certain agroecological practices.

During this day, the women of Ouelessegou and Tamala were trained to prepare an organic fertiliser called Bokachi. “If producers are to make an agroecological transition, they must be accompanied and trained in alternative practices, such as the preparation of organic Bokachi fertiliser and the preparation of bio-pesticides to fight against insect attacks and others and to fertilise the soil”, explains Hamidou Almamy Diawara, President of AMSD.

The AMSD association wants to ensure that agroforestry and agroecology can be integrated into a circular fashion until producers understand that climate change is a handicap for sustainable development by integrating these concepts and practical solutions to feeding people with components adapted to their environment and accesible to all.

Given the geographical situation, some producers thought it was inappropriate to develop market gardening and cereal production in Ouelessegou and Tamala. The AMSD has shown the opposite: “Whatever the geographical situation, people must develop adaptation techniques, and this is what we have shared with the producers. In addition to agroforestry and agroecology, we have developed models of organic agriculture, fish farming, market gardening, and nurseries for reforestation campaigns each winter season,” says Almamy Diawara.

The AMSD intends to popularise these good practices, as the association believes they will enable the population to fight against poverty and reduce the negative impacts of climate change in these areas.

Written by: Ndeye Fatim Lô, Communication specialist at CSE.

Further information

Sustain Sahel

Dissemination events in Senegal and Burkina Faso – October 2022

Farmer-to-farmer training videos translated into local languages –  September 2022