Female and male plot managers in the Koulikorou region (by Naman Keita)

Mali Food Security Policy Research Program aims to address key evidence and analytical gaps in priority policy areas while simultaneously building up long-term local capacity for policy-relevant research and engagement through collaborative research with local partners.

Local partners:
APCAM : Assemblée Permanente des Chambres d’Agriculture du Mali
IER : Institut d’Économie Rurale
IPR/IFRA : Institut Polytechnique Rural de Formation et de Recherche Appliquée
OMA : Observatoire du Marché Agricole
CSA : Commissariat à la Sécurité Alimentaire
CSP/SDR: Cellule de Planification et de Statistiques du Secteur Développement Rural

Previous Funding:
Mali Food Security Policy Analysis and Capacity Building Program (USAID/Mali Buy-In, 2014/15)
Project to Mobilize Food Security Initiatives in Mali - Phase II (Projet de Mobilisation des Initiatives en Matière de Sécurité Alimentaire au Mali)
Mali Food Security Initiative

Status: Core-funded Activities and Associate Award
Funding dates: Feb 2016–Feb 2021
Name of the project: Mali Food Security Policy Research Program, known in French as “Projet de Recherche sur les Politiques de Sécurité Alimentaire au Mali (PREPOSAM)’’

Components: C1-C2
Gender and Youth Employment

Project Leaders:
Steven Haggblade - Professor, International Development
Yenizié Koné - Chief of Party and Senior Economist for the MSU Bamako Office
Melinda Smale - Professor, International Development
Véronique Thériault
- Assistant Professor, International Development

Mali Food Security Policy Research Program Brochure

  • Paymal, Elisabeth 06/12/2018

    FSP West Africa Expertise on Herbicide Policies at the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconom

    S. Haggblade and M. Smale will lead the “Africa’s Emerging Herbicide Revolution” panel at the 22nd ICABR Conference: “Disruptive Innovations, Value Chain and Rural Development,” The World Bank, Washington DC, June 12–15, 2018.

  • FSP Mali and West Africa Team, December 2017 12/08/2017

    How to Tell Fake from Real? Consequences of Rapid Herbicide Market Growth in Mali and West Africa

    Over the past decade, herbicide use has increased rapidly, in Mali and throughout West Africa. With many counterfeit products available. Recent research by the Feed the Future’s Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy’s (FSP) Mali Food Security Policy Research Program shows that out of 100 bottles of glyphosate herbicide purchased for laboratory testing, 40% turned out to be counterfeit or unregistered. No wonder farmers consistently report widely differing outcomes, even when they buy the same herbicide from the same supplier. Researchers from the FSP Mali team and the USAID West Africa Regional Program are now working with the regional pesticide regulatory body, the Comité Sahélien des Pesticides (CSP), to identify the magnitude of the quality problem in the region, and seek potential solutions.

  • Melinda Smale, Veronique Theriault, and Elisabeth Paymal 08/31/2017

    Women Farmers “Mind the Gap”

    FSP in Mali compared adoption and intensity of fertilizer use as well as productivity between men and women growers of sorghum within the same households. An AgriLinks post, August 31, 2017