Mali is the second largest producer of shea in the world after Nigeria. The country produced 19,855,000 tonnes, 20,883,000 tonnes and 5,515,000 tonnes respectively in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The almond potential is 250,000 tonnes, of which 60,883 and 22,908 were exported in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The potential of butter is 135,000 tonnes, of which 97,000 are actually exploited, of which 265 tonnes and 311 tonnes were exported respectively in 2019 and 2020. This proves that in addition to the quantities actually exported, Mali is able to greatly increase supply to importers of butter, almonds and products made from shea. Shea is available at all of the production sites located in Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso, Ségou and Mopti.
Mali occupies a prominent place in the production and export of almonds, butter and products derived from shea. About twenty proven, professional and experienced exporters have been working in the field of shea exports for more than forty years, shipping to Asia, America, Europe and sub-regional markets. Malian shea exports are growing as the international demand for shea products is steadily increasing..
To improve the accessibility of the global market and increase the competitiveness of shea products, Malian authorities and their partners have placed particular emphasis on the promotion of the shea sector and particularly the participation of Malian women as a source of income and empowerment for them. "SHEA": The tree for women ", is produced in 7,500 village. 500,000 family concessions and 3 million Malian women (approximately 25%) of the population of Mali are directly involved in the sector, from collecting nuts to processing into butter and other by-products.
Industry stakeholders are grouped into the National Shea Federation (FNK), composed of cooperatives, producer unions, traders and exporters. They collectively have proven, longstanding expertise in the production of shea-based products. Exporters are experienced and dedicated, and are able to provide solid service responding to the customer needs and requirements. This has enabled strong partnerships with customers who have benefitted from their investments in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food (chocolate, margarine) industries. As Malian shea grows in the wild, it is naturally organic . Nevertheless, cooperatives, associations of producers and exporters in the shea sector are increasingly opting for the principle of certification in order to be in line with the rules and standards of international trade, and to ensure that sustainable development and management are key operating principles. Producers adhere to certification organization standards (FLO-CERT, ECOCERT) and accreditation as organic partners (fair organic, organic solidarity) through MOBIOM (Malian Biological Movement for the certification of products). In addition, initiatives are being undertaken to improve the protection of shea stands through expanded reforestation, with the aim of fundamentally increasing the exportable supply and meeting increased customer demand. Link structures shea
Projet et Programme d'appui à la filière Karité
food and agriculture organizations of the United Nations in Mali (FAO-MALI)
Mali is rich in natural resources and the biophysical conditions are favorable for agriculture. The rural sector relies on traditional knowledge and know-how, a dynamic ecosystem of actors with more than 15,000 agricultural organizations, agro-industrial operators and business development service providers. However, the agricultural sector suffers from: limited investments in upgrading the value chain to improve performance and competitiveness; high vulnerability to climatic hazards and environmental factors. Changes in rainfall and temperature have increased pressure on natural resources and have had negative effects on agricultural production and contributed to tensions and insecurity within and between communities. Climate change is proving to be an important factor in the dynamics of security in Mali and requires decisive and integrated action including the integration of gender and youth.
The Government of Mali promotes the development of Agropoles as modern farms for the production, processing and marketing of agricultural products. Main dans la Main (MdM) in Mali intends to work with the Government and its partners to support an integrated approach to the development of Agropoles, by strengthening their impact on poverty, sustainability and inclusion which contribute to the stabilization and development process. economic empowerment of Mali.
Hand in Hand support combines:
  • the inclusion of women and young people in Agropoles, and the strengthening of their agro-entrepreneurship and equity to improve their competitiveness and marketing;
  • strengthening the resilience of smallholders to climate change (in connection with the Great Green Wall for the Sahel initiative, PRP-AGIR) and facilitating agro-ecological transition (e.g. land restoration, management water);
  • facilitation of the digitization process of selected value chains.
Presentation of FAO's Hand in Hand Project Representation in Mali
Support for the Association of Professionals in the Shea Sector (APROKAM)
The Association of Shea Professionals (APROKAM) in Mali instead of the committee initiative for the establishment of the inter-professional organization Two fundamental reasons motivated the creation of APROKAM:
  • Formalize the national shea association of Mali in the image of the other partner countries of the Global Shea Alliance - Allow shea stakeholders in Mali to contract with partners as part of the establishment of the inter-professional organization and other support activities for the shea sector.
  • APROKAM has statutes, internal regulations and a receipt and is managed by a board of directors. It has an executive secretariat which has been equipped with the financial support of PAFA
With this support, APROKAM benefited from very important support in computer equipment and office furniture. This support has greatly contributed to the functionality of the APROKAM headquarters Its main achievements or achievements are:
  • Carrying out the study-diagnosis of the shea sector Carried out with the financial support of ICCO, this diagnosis consisted in making an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the sector and proposing a plan competitiveness for each professional family
  • The holding of national shea days The last national shea days took place on November 29, 30 and December 1, 2015 at the Private Sector Center in Bamako. In addition to exhibitions / sales, the national shea days recorded the animation of conferences / debates on the challenges of the shea sector and the organization of culinary competitions on recipes using shea butter as cooking oil.
  • Name: Modibo TALLA
    Position Occupied: Vice-President

Reinforced Integrated Framework Mali (CIR-MALI)
Capacity building in the shea sector
  • Supporting women at the World Shea Conference (Global Shea): 30 women in Accra, Ghana in 2011; 50 women in Cotonou in 2013; 35 women in Abidjan in 2014; 40 women in Ouagadougou in 2015; 35 women in Accra in 2016; 50 women in Cotonou in 2017;
  • Realization of awareness sketches on Good practices: collection, treatment, improvement of the quality of shea butter, compliance with the standard national report on shea butter in national languages;
  • Support for the National Days of the shea sector in 2014 in Bamako;
  • Establishment of a commercial information system for players in the shea sector
  • Implementation of the Sustainability Program in favor of actors in the sector shea: co-financing of the Sustainability Program with the Global Alliance for Karité (ICCO / USAID) in order to strengthen the capacities of actors in the sector shea, especially women in the framework of a public-private partnership: NGO Dutch (ICCO) / USAID, Société Abdoul TALLA et Frères (SOATAF for 3 years from 2017 to 2019;
  • Capacity building for women's organizations in the Cercle de Bla in production and marketing of shea kernels: 116 women involved in the transformation of shea into butter are formed in the circle by Bla
  • Training of 50 women members of the Women Butter Cooperative Shea tree from Tioribougou (Kolokani circle) on the production techniques of Shea Butter ;
  • Support for commercial events as part of the market development: SECO, FEBAK, SIAGRI, SIA de Paris, SIAL de Paris, etc;
  • Search for funding
  • Name: Mr. Dansinè COULIBALY
    Occupied position : National Coordinator of the Reinforced Integrated Framework (CIR - MALI)
    CIR-MALI website:
Inclusive Project
The INCLUSIVE project, co-funded by IFAD and the Kingdom of Denmark, is scaling up Acquired from the IFAD-funded Rural Microfinance Program (PMR) and the Private Sector-Stimulated Economic Growth and Employment Promotion Program (PACEPEP) funded by Denmark. Its vision is to promote a sustainable transformation of agricultural sectors by improving financial inclusion and economic partnership between actors from poor groups, including women and young people, and their organizations, to small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises and agro-food.
Name: Dramane SIDIBE
Position Occupied: Director of the INCLUSIVE Project
Inclusive Project Website:
The Agricultural Sector Support Program (PASAM)
The Agricultural Sector Support Program (PASAM) supports the implementation of policies and strategies in the field of the promotion, modernization and diversification of agriculture organized by the Law of Agricultural Orientation. An essential component of the program is to support the Government of Mali in a process of strengthening the coordination of actions in the sector through national ownership, the alignment of support with national priorities and strategies and the generalization of the program. use of national structures and procedures.
Position Occupied:
PASAM website:
African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program or African Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP)
Is an autonomous group of people willingly united to meet their common economic, social and cultural aspirations and needs , by means of a company whose ownership and management are collective and where power is exercised democratically and according to the cooperative principles governed by these statutes, based on the principles of union, solidarity and mutual assistance for good -economic and social being of its members; created in accordance with the relative uniform act of OHADA (the Organization for the Harmonization in Africa of Business Law) on cooperative societies adopted on December 15, 2010 in Lomé in the Republic of Togo.
The duration of the AWEP-MALI Center of the cooperative society with board of directors "C. AWEP-MALI-COOP-CA" is 99 years from its registration in the register of cooperative societies of the local social development service and the solidarity economy of the municipality II except extension or early dissolution.
The AWEP-MALI Center of the cooperative society with board of directors "C. AWEP-MALI-COOP-CA" aims to:
  • Promote income-generating activities (market gardening, processing of local products, fattening, cereal bank, etc.)
  • Promote all socio-economic and cultural development actions of women;
  • Develop solidarity between women;
  • Defend the rights and interests of women with public authorities and institutions;
  • Promote the import-export of women's products;
  • Equip with agro-pastoral equipment and useful for women;
  • Create the Center for socio-economic reintegration;
  • Promote hygiene, sanitation and health activities;
  • Seek funding for women's projects and businesses;
  • Promote good governance;
  • Promote employment;
  • Marketing local processed products;
  • Promote partnership;
  • Participate in national and international fairs;
  • Develop the cooperative spirit of members.
Position Busy: President AWEP MALI and Vice President in charge of Trade in Mali CNPM
National Federation of Transformers of Agri-Food Products of Mali (FENATRA)
The National Federation of Transformers of Agri-Food Products of Mali (FENATRA) is an apolitical, non-denominational association and non-profit. The Constitutive General Assembly of June 8 and 9, 2005, consecrates the creation of FENATRA. It is officially recognized under the receipt N ° 0475 / G-DB of September 09, 2005. It was born from the CILSS - CTA partnership, in order to ensure the continuity of the actions of the Relais National PROCELOS (Regional Project for the Promotion of Local Products of the Sahel). FENATRA has around 5,000 members organized and grouped within 600 associations, cooperatives, GIEs, SARLs and Individual Enterprises. FENATRA has relay structures in the district of Bamako, and the 08 Regions of Mali.
  • the cereals and legumes sector
  • the fruit and vegetable sector
  • the oilseed sector
  • the livestock, milk and meat sector
  • the fishing and beekeeping products sector.
The following ongoing and future projects:
  • Strengthening FENATRA structures at regional level
  • The constitution of a database of operators in the agrifood sector
  • The creation of a food packaging purchasing center
  • The development, in relation to the structures
  • specialized standards for local processed products
  • The development of all types of partnerships.
Name: Mr. Yaya MALLE
Position Busy: President Fenatra

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