Collaboration between research professors from the Center for Applications and Research in Remote Sensing (CARTEL) of the Faculty of Literature and Humanities (FLSH) and a professor from the School of Management will lead to a project aimed at improving the energy economy. women in rural communities in Mali.
Professor Kalifa Goïta (Chief Researcher) and Professor Ramata Magagi, both from CARTEL and the FLSH Department of Applied Geomatics, as well as Professor Michel Lafleur from the School of Management’s Department of Human Resources and Management will be responsible for this. the project, which will be spread over 5 years and will be able to count on a $ 2 million contribution from Global Affairs Canada.
The so-called project Agricultural seed chain for women’s empowerment in rural areas (CSAP project) responds to the need expressed by the rural population and aims to improve the economic strength of women by integrating and supporting them in the very high-potential agricultural seed sector, where they are practically absent.
In line with Canada’s feminist international aid policy and the government’s Mali priorities, the project puts the proven expertise of the two Sherbrooke University faculties in geomatics and cooperative development and management into agricultural resilience services. vulnerable rural women in Mali. The project will strengthen more than 30 local organizations defending the rights of Malian women and reach 25,000 beneficiaries, mostly rural women.
The initiative is based on two pillars implemented over 5 years in 20 rural municipalities in the Koutiala region:
- Developing women’s leadership in agricultural seed value chains (by creating a strong community of practice and strengthening the skills of the governing bodies and actors who need to support it)
- Appropriation of climate-intelligent agricultural practices and techniques for sustainable seed production by rural women. In line with Canada’s Official Accountability Act, the initiative will reduce women’s poverty in rural areas, focusing on gender equality, women’s rights and the environment.
The project is based on various collaborators in Mali, including the NGO Association Malienne pour l’Éveil au Développement Durable (NGO AMEDD), which is the main local partner. Founded in 1998, this non-governmental organization focuses mainly on the agricultural sector, with a particular focus on sustainable development and the fight against poverty in rural areas. She will be responsible for the implementation of the CSAP project in the field and the coordination of interventions of other local partners and collaborators.
In 5 years, we want rural women to organize in agricultural seed aggregation and service centers and develop real leadership and economic strength in the agricultural seed chain, from sustainable production to marketing.
Pr Kalifa Goïta, Professor-Researcher at CARTEL
The development of the project was made possible by intensive collaboration between the researchers, USherbrooke International and the partner NGO AMEDD in Mali. USherbrooke International coordination and monitoring work was essential. The expert advice of the University Interdisciplinary Center for International Health Development (CIDIS) was also used in the preparation of the proposal.