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Africare began operations in Mali in 1974.
Since that time, Africare/Mali has invested more than $41,000,000 through projects addressing…
•Agriculture & Food Security
•Civil Society Capacity Building
•Health, HIV & AIDS
•Humanitarian and Emergency Relief
•Natural Resource Management
•Private Sector Capacity Strengthening
…reaching an estimated 705,600 beneficiaries.
Success in Mali
Africare introduced the System of Rice Intensification to Mali’s Timbuktu region, successfully increasing average rice yields from 4.86 to 9.1 metric tons per hectare while reducing water requirements, chemical fertilizer dependency and input-related costs. This resulted in substantial gains in income, and the project earned an Interaction Best Practice Initiative Award in 2011.
The results of Africare’s Timbuktu Food Security Initiative (TFSI) in building community resilience were tested in 2012 when northern Mali was occupied by armed groups, forcing Africare to relocate out of Timbuktu. Commerce slowed, and access to agricultural inputs became a great challenge. Members of the local federation of rice cooperatives, confident in the systems and capacities developed by TFSI, implemented a plan to maintain their value-chain, and their work enabled one of the best rice campaigns in more than 10 years.