Poverty, food insecurity, protection of natural resources, increasing farmers’ incomes and the creation of new agribusinesses run by women and young people constitute a real challenge for the development of some West African countries, including Mali and Niger.
This situation requires interventions aimed at increasing agricultural productivity, preserving soils, adding value to crop yields and improving value chains to increase employment opportunities.
It is in this context that the project “Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies for Improved Rural Livelihoods and Food Security in Mali and Niger (CSAT)” was initiated.
In Mali, the project operates in the regions of Kayes, Sikasso, Koulikoro and Ségou.
In Niger, it works in Dosso, Maradi, Tillabéry and Zinder.
What does the CSAT project actually do?
CSAT is a research and development project, with interventions organized into two main components:
Scale-up of proven, ready-to-use intelligent technologies for climate change management.
Research to develop new climate-smart innovations in value chains.
– Reduce poverty and food insecurity,
– To protect natural resources and increase farmers’ incomes by improving agricultural productivity,
– Strengthening business linkages and facilitating the creation of new agri-food enterprises, especially those run by women and youth.