“Voice from the Field - Mali”

“SAFE`s part in my life has been immense”, Coulibaly K. Mallé

Coulibaly Kadiatou Mallé is at the Rural Polytechnic Institute for Education and Applied Research (in French: l'Institut Polytechnique Rural de Formation et de Recherche Appliquée - IPR/IFRA) in Katibougou, Mali. IPR/IFRA is one of the oldest training institutions of Rural Development Officers in Mali.


The purpose of the SAFE program at IPR/IFRA is to contribute towards the agricultural development efforts of Mali through the production of qualified human resource in the field of agricultural extension required to raise food security, and rural economics.


Madame Mallé started her doctoral studies two years ago in the field of Agricultural Economics. Her dissertation research is on “the competitiveness of parboiled rice” produced by a group of women in Niéna, Sikasso region. She focuses on developing the value-chain approach for parboiled rice with this group of women. What SAFE has been doing before her research began was to organize all these associations and cooperatives into a value-chain platform on parboiled rice.


Looking at the market, Mali is importing parboiled rice, and this women group are also producing parboiled rice. “What I want to achieve with my research is how the parboiled rice in Mali can be competitive compared to the imported one in terms of quality improvement, in terms of reducing the production cost, so that consumers can get it at a lower price compared to what is imported and then they can also export the rest in the sub-region and beyond,” Mallé noted.  

She also teaches at the SAFE B.Sc. program at IPR. “What I am trying to do is to mentor female students in the programs so that they can follow up what I am doing. I also work with other women groups, even before my doctoral study began. I am also a member of some female associations away from the SAFE network so that I can influence these ladies”, She said.



 

“SAFE`s part in my life has been immense. Till SAFE arrived in my career, I was struggling to find funding”, she stated, adding:“I am a mother of three children, the youngest being 11. I have a good husband thankfully, who also teaches here at IPR. We share the responsibilities at home. I have all the liberty to go collect data for my research. My husband has been very helpful to my studies, and my eldest daughter too who takes care of the younger ones when we are away”.

 



 

 




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Vision 2020

Effective extension delivery systems in Sub-Saharan Africa that are based on farmer needs and demands along the entire agricultural value chain, with a special focus on smallholder farmers, most of whom are women.

 

SAFE Mission

Strengthening agricultural education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to provide demand driven, value chain oriented, training for mid-career agricultural advisory workers.

 

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Publications

  • Feeding The Future: Special SAFE Anniversary Edition - 2013Download
  • Progrees Report of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education: 2011-2012 Download
  • Proceedings of the 2006 SAFE Regional Networking Workshop - Tanzania Download
  • Proccedings of the 2008 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Nigeria Download
  • Proccedings of the 2009 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Ethiopia Download
  • Proccedings of the 2010 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Ghana Download
  • Proccedings of the 2011 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Malawi Download
  • Proccedings of the 2012 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Benin
    [French] Download
  • Proccedings of the 2012 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Benin
    [English] Download
  • Proccedings of the 2013 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Tanzania Download
  • Proccedings of the 2014 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Mali Download
  • Proccedings of the 2015 SAFE Regional Technical Networking Workshop - Uganda Download
  • A Case Study on Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education Programs in Ghana - 2007Download
  • Impact Assessment of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education Program in Ghana - 2007 Download
  • A Case Study on Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education Programs in Ghana - 2008 Download
  • Impact Assessment of the B.Sc. Program for Mid Career Extension Professionals at Haramaya University, Ethiopia- 2010Download
  • Assessment of the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education's Training Program at Alemaya University, Ethiopia - 2005Download
  • Assessment of the SAFE Program in Mali with Special Focus on SEPs - PhD Dissertation - 2010Download
  • Évaluation du programme de Maîtrise en Vulgarisation Agricole - IPR/IFRA [Mali] - 2010 Download