Agriculture, which is one of the Mopti region's primary activities, is also the main source of both food and revenue for the region’s inhabitants. To date, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has trained over 25,000 farmers on improved farming techniques and approaches, including 5,000 women who operate communal vegetable gardens as small enterprises.
AKF’s activities to date have focused on establishing Farmer Field Schools (FFSs) as a way of bringing farmers together for knowledge sharing and training, specifically on the production of millet, sorghum, vegetables and rice. AKF also promotes agroforestry activities such as the establishment of nursery groups and their capacity building.
AKF has also introduced conservation agriculture in the programme area, which aims to improve productivity whilst also addressing environmental concerns around soil and water management. Nearly 1,900 hectares (nearly 4,700 acres) have been regenerated through farmer-assisted natural regeneration.
Increasingly, AKF is working to link farmers to markets so that they can sell their surplus production. This includes improving farmers’ access to pricing information in different markets, and providing training to producer groups and farmers’ cooperatives on post-harvest handling of products, potential for processing crops (for example by drying them) to increase their value, and improving marketing skills through warrantage.