In Waya village in Mali’s Mopti region, WFP supports women’s vegetable gardening. The women produce onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers to feed their families. Harvests have grown so much that the women even have surplus, which they are able to sell for added revenue, helping them to increase their resilience to disasters.
The vast majority of Mali’s 15 million inhabitants rely on rainfall farming for their food needs. Successive droughts have pushed many into food crisis. With funding from the European Union, the World Food Programme works with communities to break the cycle of hunger by reducing their vulnerability to increasingly unpredictable weather shocks like droughts and floods.
In Mayarasso-Sonina, a small village in the region of Segou, WFP has supported community compost projects to improve vegetable gardening.
Communities construct pits that they fill with dry leaves, straw, manure and water to produce compost. The compost is mixed with soil to improve plant growth.
Drought has become more frequent in Mali, making water collection and management vital to successful farming.
In Waya village, which is particularly prone to drought, WFP is helping the community enclose 40 hectares of land with a dike enabling the community to better manage its water and reduce its dependency on rainfall.
In Zelani village in the Koulikoro region of Mali, WFP has introduced a simple water management technique called stones bunds. Stone bunds are aIn addition, WFP provides training in farming techniques in local languages and distributes drought-resistant seeds.
In the image above, you can see a field (on the right) where new techniques are being used and a field (on the left) where practices remain the same. Fields like the one on the right are now producing up to 30 percent more than traditional fields, which are not using these simple improvements.
With WFP’s help, the Mayarasso-Sonina community in Segou region constructed a fish pond, which will allow them to catch more than 300kg of fish over the next two months. With these fish, families will be able to increase their protein intake and income by selling any surplus.
A man uses bran from locally-produced maize to feed fish in the community fish pond.
This project, funded entirely by the European Union, has already benefited more than 300,000 people.
In all, WFP and its partners CARE, CSPEEDA, REACH-Italia, Welthungerhilfe and World Vision are working in 40 municipalities to build the resilience of vulnerable rural communities and move toward a future free from hunger.
3 December 2014 Bamako, Mali: Turning Trash Into Cash