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A message from the Executive Director

Mali is the only Sahelian country in SAA’s portfolio of focus countries; Mali has special problems with drought and climate change as described. For a while now, there have been problems of security in the northern part of the country, with which the Malian Government is still grappling.


SAA, however, is committed to supporting Mali’s agricultural development and SAA has certainly seen signs that our program is beginning to make an impact, thanks to our dedicated staff, development partners, and the smallholder farmers of Mali.


Our program in Mali started in June 1996 with a memorandum of understanding signed by the late Dr Norman Borlaug and the Ministry of Decentralisation. The main objective was to provide support to public extension and advisory service agents from the Ministry of Agriculture working at national and regional levels. Our strategy was to capitalise on modern science-based agriculture to advance the cause of food security and contribute to economic growth.


Today, our interventions are aligned with Mali’s agricultural development policies, including the Strategic Plan for Growth and Poverty Reduction, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the program for Economic and Social Development. Our public partners include the National Agricultural Research and Extension System, the Directorate of National Agriculture, the Institute of Rural Economy and the Institut Polytechnique Rural. We are also making progress with FBOs (see this report).


We, at the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), are fortunate that Mali has a strong commitment to agriculture – even exceeding the recommendations of the Maputo Declaration. This is commendable. We, at SAA, are also committed to the longterm efforts of the farming community, which we will continue to support.


Masaaki Miyamoto

Executive Director, SAA/SAFE