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Mamadou uses the mechanical applicator to easily apply targeted fertilizer in his father's rice field in Mali.


Agriculture is the cornerstone of Mali’s economy and holds great promise for broad-based economic growth and opportunity. About 80 percent of the population depends on agriculture for both household consumption and their livelihoods. Feed the Future investments in Mali aim to improve agricultural practices among farmers, address malnutrition and poor diets, and create economic opportunities both on and off the farm.

  • 411 THOUSAND
    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY18
  • $66.7 MILLION
    Annual agricultural sales generated by Malian farms and firms reached by Feed the Future in FY18
  • 2.5 MILLION
    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY18
  • 309 THOUSAND
    Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY18
  • $39.9 MILLION
    New private sector capital investment in the agriculture sector or food system facilitated by Feed the Future in FY18

Key Achievements

Feed the Future supported the Malian government in reaching its nationwide goal of increasing total cereal production. As a result of Feed the Future’s efforts, cereal production increased from 361,042 metric tons in 2017 to over 400,000 metric tons in 2018.

Feed the Future reached 51 sub-national Malian institutions and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to address climate adaptation. In 2018, this helped nearly 390,000 people use improved technology or management practices, like irrigation and erosion control, on over 186,000 hectares. Feed the Future also introduced technologies that reduce dependence on the weather, such as irrigated gardening and rice production.

In 2018, Feed the Future trained nearly 24,000 women and men on nutrition education, hygiene, and behavior change communication, who in turn reached over 166,000 young children with nutrition help.


These results reflect information from the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. African Development Foundation, reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for fiscal year 2018 (FY18). For more information on the indicators above, please view the Feed the Future Indicator Handbook. All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.


  • Strengthen targeted value chains
  • Address high levels of malnutrition and low dietary diversity
  • Improve the enabling environment for agricultural trade and investment
  • Build capacity among farmers, the private sector, civil society, and public institutions
  • Increase households' ability to build resilient livelihoods and weather shocks 

Zones of Influence in Mali

Map of Mali
  • Sikasso
  • Mopti
  • Timbuktu

Background Stats

  • 2.7 MILLION
    Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions (Feed the Future Survey, 2015)
  • 4.9 PERCENT
    Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 38.5 percent of added value (World Bank, 2018)
  • 57 PERCENT
    Percentage of population living in rural Mali (World Bank, 2018)
  • 26.9 PERCENT
    Percentage of stunted children under the age of 5 (2018, DHS)
  • 41.3 PERCENT
    Estimated percentage of people living in poverty in Mali (World Bank, 2019)

Value Chains

  • Millet
  • Sorghum
  • Rice
  • Livestock
  • Horticulture
  • Maize
  • Oilseed


Feed the Future supports Mali’s agriculture-led growth and nutrition in Mopti, Sikasso, and Timbuktu regions. Its approach focuses on investment in the rice, millet, sorghum, and livestock sectors, as well as horticulture and agroforestry crops with the goal of improving economic opportunity, resilience, and nutrition among target populations.

Feed the Future works to strengthen the resilience of people and systems to increasingly frequent shocks in Mali. This includes a focus on proactive risk reduction and management to help families recover quickly from climate-related or economic shocks. Feed the Future programs are inclusive of all social and political groups, including women and girls, youth, vulnerable and poor people, as well as people with disabilities and other marginalized groups.

Many rural households depend on agricultural production for a living, so Feed the Future helps them increase production through access to improved seeds, finance, and soil and water conservation techniques. For those with limited access to land and labor, access to off-farm and non-farm livelihood options are essential for survival and USAID supports them through investments in education, governance, and health.

Feed the Future also partners with the private sector to promote sustainable practices and address systemic barriers that impede private sector growth. Feed the Future’s overall aim in Mali is to help the country achieve positive changes that endure.


Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Mali.

  • Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING)
  • Agroforestry Scaling (World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
  • Anti-Counterfeiting Capacity Building (U.S. Department of Commerce)
  • Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development
  • Cereals Value Chain Program (ACDI/VOCA)
  • Development Credit Authority (DCA) Loan Portfolio Financing for Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy
  • Global Agriculture and Food Security Program
  • Horticulture Scaling (AVRDC)
  • Sorghum and Millet Scaling Up (ICRISAT)
  • Scaling Livestock Technology (ILRI)
  • USAID Food for Peace Program
  • USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education

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