The Fertilizer Deep Placement and Micro Dosing Project (USAID FDP MD) organized a learning event workshop in Bamako, Mali, on March 21, 2019. The workshop shared the results and lessons learned from the 5-year project, which is ending in April 2019. This workshop specifically focused on sharing and validating the results obtained by the project during its five years of implementation.
According to Oumou Camara, Regional Director, IFDC North and West Africa, “More than 590,000 people, of which 24% were women, were provided short-term training on productivity or food security in the agricultural sector. These people experienced significant improvement in agricultural productivity with the application of FDP and MD technologies, which increased the average yield of irrigated rice from 5,049 kg/ha to 8,473 kg/ha; lowland rice from 1,180 kg/ha to 2,687 kg/ha; millet from 767 kg/ha to 1,700 kg/ha; and sorghum from 1,002 kg/ha to 1,992 kg/ha.”
Kurt LOW, team leader of USAID’s Accelerated Economic Growth (AEG) in Mali, noted that FDP and MD technologies demonstrate a smart approach to agriculture. “The soil of many fields around the world, including those of Malian farmers, is simply not rich enough to give good results without judicious application of fertilizer. A fertilizer technology such as FDP or MD is efficient, economical, and ecological,” he argued. In addition to this statement the USAID representative was particularly proud of IFDC’s work in targeting women involved in the production of rice, millet, sorghum and vegetables. He was also pleased to learn that the Regional Directorate of Agriculture (DRA) Mopti linked its fertilizer subsidy program with IFDC’s FDP MD project. For him, once the government is involved in a project, it gives sustainability.
Around 90 people from the four project intervention regions representing agricultural producers, extension service providers, the private sector, and government partners participated in this workshop.
This national workshop served as a platform for discussion and sharing experience with all the stakeholders of the project namely the producers, public technical services, private sector, project partners, and the USAID AEG team.
Different panels during the workshop focused on sharing and validating the results and impacts achieved by stakeholders; reflecting on the sustainability of results achieved; and discussing prospects to continue work after the end of the project.