Something to shout about - IFAD and Mali : 30 year anniversary

On Wednesday 5 December 2012, IFAD and the Government of Mali will be celebrating 30 years of partnership in rural development.

The festivities will take place in the garden of the National Musem of Bamako, starting 2 pm. The celebrations will be opened by the Honourable Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Mali, Dr Yaranga Coulibaly and by the Director of the West and Central Africa Division of IFAD, Mr Ides de Willebois.

National Museum of Bamako
The event is an opportunity for partners and civil society to gain knowledge on IFAD activities in the country. Throughout  the afternoon, each ongoing IFAD project will be animating a stand where information can be gathered. Also, farmers from the different regions of Mali have been invited to share their experience and life stories with the public. The ambiance will be animated by music groups from the Kidal region in the North of Mali to give the event a festive touch.

Over the past 30 years, IFAD has financed 12 development programmes in Mali with approximately 186 million dollars of its own resources and over 289 million dollars mobilised with cofinanciers such as the West African Development Bank (BOAD), the World Bank, The Belgian Fund for Food Security and others for a total of over 471 million dollars of investments.

Following the coup of 22 March 2012, IFAD is continuing alongside the Government of Mali in its fight against food insecurity. In fact, IFAD activities in Mali are ongoing and an intermediate strategy has been agreed upon between IFAD and Mali for this transition period. Activities in the North are being ensured by a partnership with AVSF (Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières) for the distributin of agriculture inputs directly to the farmers via the Niger Rive and WHO (World Health Organisation) who is ensuring that health centres are receiving the necessary supplies to maintain regular business. (See blog article of 9 August 2012 - Promoting sustainability in a humanitarian crisis).

As part of the imlementation of the medium term strategy, IFAD will be designig a new Youth Integation Project for approximately 30 million dollars - a strong and firm demonstation of IFAD ongoing commitment to helping Mali out of poverty.

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