Fighting rural poverty
Heart of the project
Soya against rural exodus
In Sélingué, in the south of the country, SEED Foundation is supporting a project that aims to help small family farms develop and diversify their sources of revenue by producing soya. The project plans to help the new soya producers deal with constraints in production, processing and market access.
An ESOP to galvanize rural employment
The project objective is to improve soya farmer’s access to the market and to support services to production. The project revolves around the creation of an ESOP (services firm for producer organizations) for the processing and sales of soy-based products, for which a strong and sustainable market exists. This business aims at enabling small-scale soya producers to access technical and commercial support services to develop and diversify their production and improve their food security ; promoting local agricultural products in urban markets and at creating and strengthening employment opportunities, particularly in rural environments.
Creation of a business to produce, process and market soya: Soya farmers will be trained and organized into groups; a private business will contract with the groups and provide them with services.
Choosing environmentally-friendly farming practices: Promoting the cultivation of vegetables, technical and environmental project specifications, etc.
Working with authorities and actors of the Malian agricultural sector thereby enabling the ESOP to establish a long-term presence in the economic environment.
L’évolution du projet est très positive : l'association a même comme projet de se lancer dans la transformation du soja en tourteaux afin de prendre une part du marché importéAlain Barbier, president of SEED FoundationOn visiting the project
I was blown away by their ability to make many objects only with salvaged pieces (plow, seed drill…)Guillaume, former employee of Pierson ExportOn visiting the project