The agriculture sector is the cornerstone of Mali’s economy and holds great promise for broad-based economic growth and opportunity. Around 80 percent of the population depends on agriculture for a living.
Agricultural yields in Mali vary considerably year to year and by region due to variable rainfall, decreasing soil fertility, and recent political and security concerns. The country also has high birth and malnutrition rates, which contribute to poor health, high infant and child mortality rates, and diminished economic productivity.
Localized successes in agricultural intensification and marketing demonstrate that, with improved technologies, better soil and water management, local community engagement, and an enhanced enabling environment, Mali can harness its agricultural potential to feed its population, generate economic growth and spur regional trade.
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