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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.


The Koulikoro Region Food And Nutrition Security Enhancement Project (PReSAN-KL) aims to sustainably increase the production and productivity of the rice and vegetable crop sectors, as well as the income of target communities through water management and agricultural product development. The project focuses on increasing agricultural output; infrastructure for drinking water; and health and education in the target areas. It also focuses on building the capacity of local communities and authorities, professional organizations, and technical service providers. These 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 promotion of health through prevention of the resurgence of water-borne 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 and the improvement of dispensaries; and the production of fortified foods and supplements made from local products.

Project Status






Focus area

  • Climate Change
  • Fragility
  • Gender

Supervising entity


3,000 poor people – 36% women – have benefited from the project as of June 2017. The project is expected to directly benefit 53,000, including 26,500 women. 


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

Rebecca Dadzie

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Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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