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Koulikoro Region Food And Nutrition Security Enhancement Project (PReSAN-KL)

$37.2 million to support water control, improve farm productivity, and build capacity for local authorities and farmer organizations.


In Mali, a landlocked Sahel country vulnerable to weather conditions, 77% of the population live in rural areas, and 46% are below 15 years old. The economy is largely based on agriculture –around 40% of GDP– sustained mainly by the subsistence farming and livestock sub-sectors, as well as the building and trade sub-sectors. Poverty remains an essentially rural phenomenon, and 22% of the population lived in extreme poverty in 2010, with farmers being the poorest. Overall, these people are unable to meet basic nutritional needs, with undernourishment affecting 4% of the population.


PReSAN-KL sustainably increases the production and productivity of the rice and vegetable crop sectors as well as increases the
income of target communities through water management and agricultural product development. The project is expected to directly benefit 53,000 people, including 26,500 women. The project focuses on increased agricultural output, infrastructure for drinking water, improved health and education in the target areas, and improved capacity of local communities and authorities, professional organizations, and technical service providers. Trainings contribute to increased participation by women and young people in particular and will strengthen their level of organization. A nutrition component is dedicated to the prevention of malnutrition and the promotion of health through the prevention of the resurgence of waterborne diseases, the increase and diversification of agricultural production, the establishment through women’s groups of culinary demonstrations, activities related to nutrition and health,  the construction, rehabilitation, and equipping of health centers, the improvement of dispensaries, and the production of fortified foods and supplements made from local products.

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Focus area

  • Climate Change
  • Fragility
  • Gender

Supervising entity



To date, 30,000 poor people, 36 percent of whom are women, have benefited from the project mainly through the establishment and training of farmer groups and the credit-savings scheme operated by the NGO, Plan Mali. The irrigation infrastructure
including the development of 4 new irrigation areas (1,256 hectares in Balanzan, Figuiratomo, Koursalé, and Séguéla), the development of the Faragoué mud plains (50 hectares), the transportation of water to the Baguinéda irrigation area (3,000 ha), the development of vegetable gardens for women (18 hectares), and the development of mud plains (1,000 hectares) have been
delayed and are in various stages of implementation.  


Mouldi Tarhouni
Chief Irrigation Officer and Team Leader, +225 20 26 22 35

Rebecca Dadzie

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The Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) is dedicated to fighting hunger, malnutrition, and poverty in low-income countries by supporting resilient and sustainable agricultural systems that benefit and empower poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers. Since its inception in 2010, GAFSP has received contributions totaling $1.7 billion from Australia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with funds going to countries that have strategic, innovative, and credible plans already in place to improve agricultural productivity and food security.

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