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WAAPP-Mali : A 10.073 billion FCFA budget for 2016

The 6th session of the National Steering Committee of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) in Mali was held on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The country has decided to allocate a budget of 10.073 billion FCFA, over 15 billion Euros to finance agricultural activities in 2016. This, with an investment rate of over 75%.

The first phase of WAAPP allowed Mali to achieve goals related to the implementation of an operational framework for strengthening regional mechanisms for technology dissemination, the establishment of a National Centre of Specialization on Rice (NCoS -Rice) and the financing of competitive funds for the generation and dissemination of agricultural technologies. The second phase which will last until 2018 will focus on the evolution of the NCos into a Regional Center of Excellence on Rice, the up scaling of technology generation and systems.

During the 2015-2016 campaign, the program has provided the National Directorate of Agriculture with 1800 tons of certified seed, 575 hand weeders and 200 manual rice transplanters. The National Directorate of Production and Animal Industries has received 42 tons of forage seed.

Training series were focused on technologies imported from other national centers of specialization, including the technique of dried meat, the rice intensification system, as well as environmental and social safeguards.

The program has also signed certificate courses agreements with national and regional structures including a hundred masters with Universities from Mali and Nigeria and 47 doctoral degrees for the academic year 2015- 2016 Mali. The mid-term review, conducted in November 2015, indicates that the program is performing well.

Source : WAAP
26 February 2016

Crédits: AK-Project