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Farm Radio International’s West Africa office participates in Agri-ProFocus workshop.

Dramane Tounkara, office manager from Farm Radio International’s West Africa regional office in Mali, recently attended an Agri-ProFocus Multi-Stakeholder Workshop in Sikasso, Mali. Agri-ProFocus is a network of Dutch development organizations, which operates in Mali with the aim of promoting farmer entrepreneurship.

This workshop brought together more than 60 participants from local and international NGOs. The aim of the gathering was to assess the ideas, and opportunities to optimize current and future interventions. Malian organizations were invited to create a common agenda for joint action to support entrepreneurial farmers.

Working in groups, participants identified a number of key themes: access to financial services; market access and marketing; equitable and secure land tenure; management and governance of farms; and access to agricultural inputs and equipment. Each group considered the previous experience of Farm Radio International in Mali in communicating with beneficiaries (farmers), and looked at how radio could contribute to the achievement of food security and the fight against poverty in rural communities.

Action plans for each of these key themes will be developed in 2012. Participants and their partners, including Dutch development organisations such as ICCO, IICD (International Institute for Communication and Development), and SNV, pledged to support the work.

Finally, a website “AGRI HUB Mali” (http://apf-mali.ning.com/ in French only) has been established to enable exchange and sharing of information between stakeholders and their partners.  Organizations wishing to become partners in these efforts may visit www.agri-profocus.nl.

For more information from Agri-ProFocus about the workshop, visit (English only): http://www.agri-profocus.nl/2011/articles/multi-stakeholder-workshop-mali-jumpstarts-agri-hub-process/.

To view photos from the workshop, visit: http://apf-mali.ning.com/profiles/blogs/quelques-photos-de-l-atelier-agri-hub-a-sikasso-le-10-novembre.

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