From furrow to success: Mali charts a new path in agricultural advisory
In the golden waves of millet and maize fields, a change is sprouting in Mali. From December 18 to 20, 2023, a sharing workshop marked a historic turning point for Malian agriculture. This exceptional gathering, bringing together members of the Board of Directors, the oversight committee, and the technical team of the National Coordination of Farmers’ Organizations of Mali (CNOP Mali), served as a platform for in-depth discussions and analyses of the national policy on agricultural advisory (PNCA) and the national agricultural advisory system (SNCA).
This initiative, driven by the Malian government, addresses a crucial need: the absence of a coherent and structured national policy on agricultural advisory. The development of the SNCA is a strategic response, aiming to fill this gap and provide a robust framework for agricultural development. Mali, a country with a rich agricultural tradition, stands at a crossroads. Faced with the challenges of climate change, food security, and demographic growth, the modernization of agriculture is more than a necessity; it is an urgency.
The workshop saw the active participation of about forty participants, all committed to reshaping the Malian agricultural landscape. The exchanges were fruitful, testifying to a shared commitment to a sustainable and innovative agricultural vision. The PNCA and SNCA are not mere documents; they reflect an ambition to transform and invigorate the Malian agricultural sector.
The PNCA acts as a compass, guiding farmers, technicians, and decision-makers towards improved agricultural practices and optimal resource management. It aims to establish a conducive environment for knowledge exchange and advice, essential for adapting to new technologies and cultivation methods. The SNCA, on its part, acts as the engine of this policy, ensuring its effective implementation and guaranteeing efficient coordination among the various sector actors.
The implementation of these documents is not just a technical advancement; it is also a symbol of collective awareness. Malian agriculture can no longer be content with traditional methods in the face of contemporary challenges. The workshop was a moment of convergence of ideas and strategies, where innovation blended with ancestral know-how to sketch the future of Malian agriculture.
This move towards a structured and modern agricultural advisory represents a true revolution for Mali. It embodies the promise of a more productive, sustainable, and resilient agriculture. Farmers, the backbone of the Malian economy, will be the main beneficiaries of this transformation. With improved access to information, expertise, and technologies, they will be able to increase their yield, diversify their crops, and enhance their resilience to climatic hazards.
This agricultural renewal goes far beyond mere production. It encompasses a holistic vision, integrating natural resource management, environmental protection, and the strengthening of rural community capacities. The PNCA and SNCA are not just guides; they are the catalysts for inclusive and balanced rural development.
Communication and Knowledge Management Officer