Mali is among the world’s poorest countries and ranks low in social indicators. Approximately 80% its population is engaged in agricultural activities, making agriculture a key part of the country’s economy. While livestock holds great potential for driving economic growth and reducing poverty, challenges such as low productivity and underdeveloped markets remain.
In response, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has made Mali a target country of Feed the Future (FtF), the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. AECOM’s Livestock for Growth (L4G) project helps develop the livestock value chain by improving animal health and weight, expand market access and incentives, and include poorer households in value chain development.
AECOM works with the private sector, the government of Mali, and smallholders to increase the competitiveness of the Malian livestock sector. L4G activities:
- Improve private sector offerings of better technologies, inputs, and services to livestock producers;
- Improve pastureland and water resources management in an effort to protect land from overgrazing and the effects of climate change; and
- Disseminate nutritional information and provide training on caring for healthy livestock to livestock producers.
L4G takes care to target historically marginalized livestock producers, including women and youth. The program has set up platforms for women and youth to help them see livestock as a business, and provided training to others in their communities.