The Timbuktu Food Security Initiative
Stand Out Results:
Project:The Timbuktu Food Security Initiative
Budget: Approximately $11 million
Country/Timeframe: Mali / FY08-13 (ongoing)
The Problem: In Mali, the Timbuktu Region is the most prone to chronic food insecurity. Households in this region produce food only 4 months per year due to weak annual rainfall, declining yields, increasing soil infertility from desertification, and extreme climatic variability.
Long Term Goal: To increase the sustainability and resiliency of food security systems across the Timbuktu Region, particularly through increased utilization of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) methodology.
- Increase community capacity to manage risks and cope with shocks.
- Improve household access to food, and increase area under irrigated production.
- Improve rice productivity using SRI methodology.
- Encourage local adoption by integrating agricultural research into field trials.
- Improve the health and nutritional status of vulnerable populations.
Direct Beneficiaries: 91,000 individuals. 2,480 of which will benefit from the SRI initiative.