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December 18, 2020

Aissata Nantoumé wakes up early every morning to cook and take care of her four children and the entire house in Dagabidé, in the center of Mali. Known as a hard worker, her daily routine is not only limited to childcare and housework. Aissata is also the Dagabidé’s only traditional baker, a successful farmer, the main breadwinner in her family, and a community mentor.

November 24, 2020

"Thanks to USAID, women are increasingly coming out of their silence to challenge abusers. Nowadays, we observe that men are gradually communicating with women. There is a perceptible change in the way they view gender roles." -   Mahamadou Mariko. AC* is a 41-year-old woman working in a manufacturing company in Koulikoro, just outside of Mali’s capital, Bamako. Pregnant with her third child, she was laid-off and her supervisor said it was due to Coronavirus related financial constraints. Just one month later, AC found out from a former colleague that the company had hired a new staff person to replace her. AC was shocked and dismayed.

November 24, 2020

The Katibougou Farmer’s Cooperative in Koulikoro, Mali, hosted its first Feed the Future Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) assignment in September 2010 when American expert Alan Leo led a people-to-people exchange to help members build and strengthen their agribusiness co-op. Since that time, F2F Mali has connected skilled American volunteers with the Katibougou Farmer’s Cooperative to participate in trainings on topics ranging from agro-forestry to animal husbandry and entrepreneurship development. When asked about the impact, Amadou Diaby, President of the Cooperative, responded “Honestly, I will need a few hours to explain my satisfaction.”

November 24, 2020

Yacouba Diarra, an émigré from Côte d’Ivoire to Mali, has lived and worked in the small southern community of Bougouni since 2005. Diarra is a member of the 70 member Bougouni Farmers’ Cooperative (BFC), and they organize fishermen and animal breeders to mutually support one another to increase production, improve nutrition, and raise incomes throughout their community. “I have a deep gratitude to the Farmer-to-Farmer program,” says Diarra.

October 28, 2020

USAID Mali Senior Public Health Advisor


Last updated: December 27, 2021

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