This evaluation investigates the impact of the project on communities directly involved in the project as well as the degree to which the project results have been taken up by other actors.
The Food crop establishment project was implemented from 2009 to 2013. 294 farmers participated in the original project, which consisted of testing and demonstrating technologies of crop establishment in the project areas. The following techniques were tested:
- Seed priming of sorghum, millet and maize;
- Seed priming of groundnut, cowpea and voandzou;
- Manual placement of fertilizer microdose and millet seed or sorghum seed (proportion 1 :1);
- Mechanical placement of fertilizer microdose and millet and sorghum seed (proportion 1 :1).
Interviews with former project participants who had participated in the evaluation revealed that all the techniques are still utilized except ground nut seed priming.Throughout all the villages visited, the different interviews showed that there is no doubt in the yield increase from 50 to 100 % of food crops subsequent to the correct use of seed priming and fertilizer microdose technologies. There is a time gain in the use of mechanized seeders.
This evaluation also shows that the distribution of knowledge of the food crop establishment technologies has reached national level in Mali.