AGRA in Mali
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is
working to increase the productivity, profitability and sustainability
of Mali's smallholder farmers through programs that address challenges
across the agricultural value chain.
AGRA works closely with the government to transform smallholder farming into sustainable commercial activity. AGRA's public- and private-sector partners include the government's Institute d'Economie Rurale du Mali (IER) the Millennium Challenge Account-Mali, NEPAD, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), private seed companies, and others.
AGRA is working across the food value chain, with a strong focus on realizing the potential of Mali's breadbasket region in the fertile Niger River delta.
AGRA programs are developing new high-yield varieties of staple food crops such as maize, sorghum and millet; nurturing a nascent domestic seed industry geared to smallholder farmers; training farmers in sustainable soil management techniques; improving farmers' access to low-interest credit; and supporting a network of 820 agro-dealers to reach 995,000 farm families in need of farm inputs.