The Baobab

Mali produced 100,000 tonnes of Baobab fruit and leaves. The region of Kayes is the first baobab leaf and fruit production area in Mali. The main settlement areas are in the north of the Kayes region. The leaves are harvested mainly by the women while the men intervene more in that of fruits. The transformation is only provided by women. Commercial exploitation is stronger in localities bordering the Senegal and Mauritania. The Kayes market is the main market export. 90% of baobabs are considered exploited / exploitable. The trend dominant is the decrease in production and exploitable trees , aging and lower productivity per tree. The period exploitation of fruits extends from January to May and that of fruits from July to November. The cooperative society of Fangoune Kagoro intervenes in the circle of Diéma since 5 years. In Diangounté Camara, the Jigi Seme cooperative is also active in the exploitation of the baobab. These cooperatives transform the baobab into monkey bread sweets that they sell in the region Unlike the baobab leaves, almost all monkey bread is marketed. The market is dominated by Senegalese and Mauritanian traders who come, in the villages or in Kayes, to buy either from the collectors or directly to pickers, often with trucks. Monkey bread is generally sold per bag of "50 kg" and per mill (2.5 kg). The most common unit of measurement is the grind. A moud is sold between 1 000 and 1500 FCFA or 400 to 600 FCFA / kg in Sandaré. The transformation of bread monkey drinking is common in the region. In centers housing weekly fairs, women derive an attractive income, especially in dry season. The collector buys his bag between 1,500 FCFA at the start of the period and 3,500 FCFA at the end; for leaf grinds it varies between 200 and 750 FCFA. This represents a margin of 500 to 1,500 FCFA on the bag of monkey bread and 100 FCFA to 150 FCFA on the grind of the leaves. The foreign wholesaler resells the 50 kg bag of baobab leaf powder between 2,900 and 14,300 FCFA according to the pe- riodes and zones. Thus, it appears that the incomes of actors in this sector remain very interesting especially in view of the weakness of investments. Income change greatly from one actor to another. But on average in areas with high baobab stand, a family can earn additional income from 120,000 FCFA per hectare and per year
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.
Présentation du Projet Main dans la Main de la FAO Représentation au Mali
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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