Gardens and drip irrigation system
Mali – Dogon Plateau – Dièye
October 2010 – september 2012
The 1000 inhabitants of the village of Dièye; each family will have a parcel of land proportional in size to the number of family members.
Heart of the project
An isolated, arid and rocky area
The Dogon region of Mali is located in the centre of the country. Known for its cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty, it remains one of the country’s most impoverished regions. The rocky, arid plateau experiences extreme geoclimatic conditions and barely lends itself to agriculture; only a small portion of the land is arable.
To confront the region’s grain-production deficit, chronic food insecurity and increasing depopulation of the rural working population to the cities, action has been taken to initiate market-farming and land irrigation.
A market-farming area to restore the lands
The project objective is to create a market-farming area with a drip-irrigation system in Dièye, in order to improve the population’s diet and to fight the rural depopulation of youth. Drip-irrigation enables market-farming while saving water using a well-known technique.
The project will have many benefits: improved harvests, diet diversification due to the production of vegetables, supplementary income due to the sale of market-farming crops etc.
An elevated water tank will be constructed and a solar-powered water pump installed. Water is gravity-fed from an elevated tank located above a large-diameter well which is powered by the solar pump. The population will be trained on water potability and hygiene around the wells.
A farming area will be created and the drip-irrigation system implemented. Trainings on the maintenance of the system are to take place. The local population will be introduced to farming techniques (sowing, transplanting, composting etc.).
Follow-up and management
A committee responsible will be created and introduced to management and operating of a collective. Villagers will implement techniques and the committee will monitor operations and look after the tools. Farming activities, production, marketing and sales of field crops will be monitored.