About the Mali Country Platform

In Mali (Ségou Region), the entry theme of the PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahelprogramme was conservation of biodiversity, which has two sub-themes: (1) Biodiversity of sorghum and millet, which focus on farmer innovation related to developing adapted varieties, combating genetic erosion, variety conservation, endogenous diffusion of knowledge and exchange between farmers; (2) Domestication of natural forest species through innovation as regards germination of species, creating assets in the field through shortening of the growing cycle, maintenance of an appreciable rate of success and sustainable management.

Soil fertility is a cross-cutting theme, because it an essential condition for the success of innovation in conservation of biodiversity. Indeed, high yields of food crops and normal development of natural forest tree species in the field are strongly dependent on soil fertility. This is why the programme encourages farmer experimentation that associates practical conservation of biodiversity with innovations aimed at improving soil fertility.

Now the programme has opened up to other themes judged relevant in Mali, looking at both technical and socio-organisational innovation.

PROFEIS-Mali is funded by Misereor

For French-language documentation from PROFEIS-Mali, see


PROFEIS–Mali National Steering Committee / Comité national de pilotage :

n.n., IER (Institute d’Économie Rurale / Rural Economy Institute)

Amadou Dia, farmer innovator

Bakary Dao, farmer innovator

Bocari Kossibo, DNP (Direction Nationale de la Population / National Population Directorate)

Ms Coulibaly Djénébou Traoré, APCAM (Assemblée permanente des Chambres d'agriculture du Mal / Permanent Assembly of Malian Chambers of Agriculture)

Ibrahima Diakité, CNU (Coordination Nationale des Usagers d’Eau / National Coordination of Water Users) – NSC Chair

Issa Coulibaly, AOPP (Association des Organisations Professionnelles Paysannes / Association of Professional Small-Scale Farmer Organisations)

Lassana Sylvestra Diarra, ADAF-Gallè (NGO)

Ms Sylla Kadiatou Sanou, DNPIA (Direction Nationale des Productions et des Industries Animales / Nationale Directorate for Animal Production and Industry)

Ex-officio member: Ms Assétou Kanouté, PROFEIS-Mali Coordinator


PROFEIS-Mali Technical team / Equipe technique :

Ms Assétou Kanouté, ADAF-Gallè (NGO)

Bourama Diakité, ADAF-Gallè (NGO)

Djibril Diarra, ADAF-Gallè (NGO)

Ousmane Diallo, AOPP (Association des Organisations Professionnelles Paysannes / Association of Professional Small-Scale Farmer Organisations)

Samba Traoré, IER (Institute d’Economie Rurale / Rural Economy Institute)

Souleymane Diarra, AOPP (Association des Organisations Professionnelles Paysannes / Association of Professional Small-Scale Farmer Organisations)


Contact: Ms Assétou Kanouté, ADAF-Gallè (


Exchange visit to Mali between FaReNe project partners

For better sharing of experiences about farmer innovation, facilitating joint experimentation, setting up farmer innovator networks and managing Local Innovation Support Funds, an exchange visit between Burkina Faso and Mali was held on 6–8 October 2017 in the villages of Zeimbougou Mangoni, Nampasso, Kanouala, Nabougou and Nayo (Mali). The delegation from Burkina was made up of 10 persons: farmer innovators, women food processors and staff from Diobass, World Neighbors and Réseau MARP. The report below is in French.

Visite d’échange au Mali entre partenaires du projet FaReNe

Profeis-Mali funded by Misereor for 4th 3-year phase

The Country Platform of Profeis-Mali has been funded by Misereor to implement a fourth 3-year phase starting 1 March 2017. The key objectives of this fourth phase are (a) to spread farmer innovations, (b) to institutionalise the Participatory Innovation Development (PID) approach, and (c) to optimise farmer innovations through PID.

Le programme Profeis-Mali vient d’obtenir de Misereor un financement pour une quatrième phase de trois années d’activités qui ont débuté le 1er mars 2017. La quatrième phase du programme Profeis-Mali repose essentiellement sur trois objectifs clés, à savoir : (a) la diffusion d’innovations paysannes pertinentes; (b) l’institutionnalisation de l’approche Développement Participatif de l'Innovation (DPI); et (c) l’optimisation des innovations paysannes.

Prolinnova–Mali annual report / rapport annuel 2016

The activities of Prolinnova–Mali in 2016 are directly linked to the actions planned for the third year of the third phase of the funding obtained from Misereor for PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel) activities, namely governance of the CP, continuation of joint experiments and mainstreaming of the PID approach. Read a summary of the annual report for 2016 in English.

PROFEIS Mali coordinator named Special Advisor to the Government

In February 2016, Ms Assétou Kanouté, the national coordinator of the activities of PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel) in Mali, was named Special Advisor to Ms Assétou Migan, the Malian Minister for Scientific Research. This provides an excellent opportunity to integrate the concepts and approaches of promoting farmer innovation and farmer-led research and development into the agricultural research system in Mali.

Catalogue des innovation paysannes

Catalogue avex 25 innovations paysannes:

PROFEIS-Mali annual report 2014

This 4-page report summarises the governance and activities of PROFEIS-Mali in 2014, including farmer-led experimentation, training, International Farmer Innovation Day celebrations, communication and advocacy. It also describes some farmer cooperatives that are emerging as a result of PROFEIS activities.

PID training manual published in French

The PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel) group in Mali has published a training guide on Participatory Innovation Development (PID) compiled by Jean-Marie Diop, senior advisor to PROFEIS-Mali

Clay incubator: young Malian farmer shares his innovation worldwide

A local innovation identified by PROFEIS-Mali has been published by the FAO in its series on "Good practices for family poultry production". The document describes the motivation of a young resource-poor farmer - 31-year old Mr Nouhoum Traoré -  to innovate and gives specific details about the preparation and use of the clay incubator for guinea fowl farming. The local innovator developed his idea to incubate up to 400 eggs at a time when he noted the high demand for guinea fowl and its high price. The incubator can be easily built by other farmers, as it is made from locally available materials. The farmer innovator is willing to share his idea and teach other farmers: about 50 farmers in 30 villages in Mali have already built a similar incubator. Now the young man's idea is being shared worldwide. PROFEIS-Mali sees room to improve the local innovation through collaboration of guinea fowl farmers with agricultural researchers in a process of Participatory Innovation Development (PID).

PROFEIS-Mali annual report for 2012

PROFEIS-Mali reports on farmer-led joint experimentation being carried out by farmer innovators and scientists in Mali and other highlights of 2012. An external evaluation of the activities from 2007 to 2012 has recommended follow-on funding for activities focused on institutionalising PID.

PROFEIS-Mali annual summary report 2012

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