Herding is a traditional business for people in the Bankass and Koro districts in Mali. Access for women, often seen as outcasts, is limited and they often struggle to produce and sell sheep.

Solutions and Involvement

Through the USAID Mali L4G program, we reached out to some of the most disenfranchised women in the area to help them with livestock fattening techniques that have resulted in extremely positive outcomes in an unrelentingly harsh environment.

Achievements and Outcomes

These livestock fattening techniques quickly improved the physical condition of the sheep, permitting them to produce more and demand greater compensation. Our training has helped Dougnon Harérata Maiga, who lives in Pel Maoude village of the Koro district, double the size of her flocks in just a year, and she is excited to train other women in the techniques.

Before our involvement, there was little to no nutritional advice for women herders to improve their livestock. The sheep were underfed and suffered during the “lean season” of no rain that runs from November through July each year. Ewes would only produce one lamb per year. Since our involvement, four of Dougnon’s ewes have had twin births, something she has never experienced before.

Our Work and the SDGs

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been adopted by countries to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. AECOM supports the SDGs. You can read AECOM’s Sustainability Report 2016  to learn more about how our work on clients’ projects, like this one, is helping transform the world.