Fighting rural poverty AP2-2

By 25 July 2010Non classé

Fighting rural poverty

65000
of total budget
24
months of action
42
of the project is financed by SEED Foundation
Location
Mali – Sélingué
Duration
July 2010 – June 2012
Partners
CIDR (Centre  International de  Développement et de  Recherche)
Beneficiaries

450 farmers

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.

Main actions

 Structuration

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.

 Agroecology

Choosing environmentally-friendly farming practices: Promoting the cultivation of vegetables, technical and environmental project specifications, etc.

 Local integration

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 importé

Alain 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

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