Advocacy for a structured green energy in Mali

The goal of this project is to draw decison makers’ attention to the production of biofuels by people who do not control all the stakes related to this new cash crop.

Mali is dedicated to promoting biological fuel which may be an alternative to fossil fuel with its related problems. However, this potential is not without risks particularly for food security if one takes a critical look at what cotton farming and groundnut farming have caused to Malian farmers’ food security.

Even though availability is not a problem as far as biofuel production is concerned, it is clear however that competition between food crop and cash crop is not expressed only in terms of exploitable space.

As a matter of fact, one of the problems of Malian agriculture is farmers’ under-equipment particularly in an environment increasingly marked by the effects of climate change seriously affecting our production system potential. This is all the more disturbing that populations are growing rapidly, hence the increased need for food while the productive potential of production systems diminishes. It is not any secret nowadays that this is where lies one of the main justifications of the eternal reliance of our communities on foreign food aid.  

In addition to the fact that despite an unfriendly agricultural environment, the Malian farmer should use whatever few means of production he has (human resources, labor time, equipments…) we can easily understand that there is room for worry about the food situation. This provision is essential and beneficial given that 80% of the population is easily embarked in movements which they do not control and which they know very little about, as they are already conditioned and weakened by their state of poverty.

The goal of this advocacy project is to draw decision makers’ attention to the production of biofuel by the community who does not control all the stakes related to this new cashcrop.

Specific goals

  • Sensitize as much as possible policy makers and administrators, specialized technical services and farmers on biofuel production.
  • Avoid new competition between food crops and cash crops which would be detrimental to national food security. 

The activities which we propose to conduct under this project are the following:

  • Design of messages by a local theater company
  • Diffusion of messages on Mali’s television and radio stations.
  • Production and distribution  of posters and technical sheets on the Jathropha
  • Organization of natural meetings with parliamentary groups tasked with agricultural and environmental matters at the National Parliament
  • Organization of a one week long advocacy campaign in favor of reasoned green energy.
  • Conferences and discussions with development actors of the area.

The major result expected from this advocacy is a readjustment by farmers of their agricultural campaign plans and the great diversification of their agricultural activities so that food security in households not be threatened.

The other results are:

  • An audiovisual sketch on biofuel production is designed and broadcast on national television
  • Conferences and meetings are organized on biofuels
  • Factsheets on jatropha are disseminated to the population and in rural areas.
  • People are largely sensitized on the stakes of biofuel production.