In just one decade, the Koulikoro region of Mali lost 86% of its forests, most of which were cut down to make room for farms — this is known as deforestation. Many people living here rely on the forests for food and income, but with more trees being lost, this isn't easy.
On top of this, the climate crisis is making the environment hotter and rainfall more unpredictable. As a result, people struggle to grow enough crops to eat or sell.
Training in the production of fuel-efficient stoves was very successful, received by a total of 1,257 people. 88% of trained women reported adopting the use of fuel-saving stoves by the end of the project. Households using fuel-efficient stoves as their primary stove reported an average of 39% less fuel wood at the project mid-point.
The project provided training and equipment for 200 lead farmers in SWC practices to be carried out on their land. Using these techniques, 600ha of degraded land was restored. We are also delighted to report that at the project endline, 92% of lead farmers reported that they were continuing to use the SWC techniques (2% higher than the original target).
The project has exceeded its land restoration targets, resulting in a total of 3,819.5 hectares of land restored (2,319.5Ha through Soil & Water Conservation Methods, and 1500Ha through Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR)).
Over the project's lifetime, the nurseries produced over 44,000 seedlings of local tree species, far exceeding expectation. This allowed the project to grow its targets for tree planting and regeneration, with 54,369 trees planted over the course of the project, and a further 189,846 trees regenerated (exceeding targets of 140,000), over 1500 hectares of land.
5. Thriving nutrition gardens
The project successfully established 4 nutrition gardens, planted with trees baobab and moringa to improve dietary security and diversity. All nurseries were established by the end of the project’s second year. 406 women from participating villages took part in training in how to operate and manage the nutrition gardens. Training included sowing and maintenance skills, transplanting seedlings, and the use of leaves in food and as an additional source of income.
This project is funded by the Turing Foundation. We are working with a local partner, The Association for the Development of Promotion and Training Activities (ADAF/Gallé) to implement this project.