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West Africa Food Security Capacity Strengthening and Research Program (Programme de Renforcement et de Recherche sur la SÚcuritÚ Alimentaire en Afrique de l'Ouest)


Current Projects :

1. Project to Mobilize Food Security Initiatives in Mali -Phase II. (Projet de Mobilisation des Initiatives en Matière de Sécurité Alimentaire au Mali) PROMISAM II

Strengthening the Capacity of the Malian Government to Develop Analytical and Market-Based Food Security Responses.
Funded by USAID/Mali

This project seeks to enhance the capacity of public- and private-sector actors in Mali to design and carry out evidence-based policy analysis and forumuation.  The project has four specific objectives:
  • Objective 1:  Further Enhance and Develop Technical and Analytical Skills for the Malian Food Security Commission and Related Support Agencies
  • Objective 2:  Assistance in Implementing Food Security Plans Country-wide
  • Objective 3:  Development of an Academic and Practical Curriculum for the University of Bamako/IPR Katibougou in support of Malian educated analysts in food security policy analysis.
  • Objective 4: Support to the committee developing the Malian national Comprehensive African Agricultural Development (CAADP) Program

2. Strengthening Regional Agricultural Integration in West Africa
(SRAI Programme)

Funded by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

The goal of the SRAI programme is to increase the capacity of stakeholders in the Sahelian countries of West Africa to implement more effective policies for increasing productivity of staple crop production and marketing and to expand access to markets (particularly regional markets) for small farmers engaged in staple-food production, thereby increasing their incomes and reducing poverty.

To achieve this goal, MSU is working with West African partners to evaluate different policies in order to assess their ability to increase small farmers’ farm-level productivity and access to markets.  Specific objectives include:

  • Increasing the availability of information on the effectiveness of different policies to achieve these goals, through a series of applied research activities.
  • Improving stakeholders’ understanding of the differential impacts of different policies on productivity, market access, income growth and poverty reduction, through a series of outreach activities aimed at making the results of applied research broadly available to stakeholders in easily understandable form.

3. West Africa Market Information Project (WAMIP I)
Funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

This project aims to expand regional agricultural trade in West Africa by developing and testing improved techniques for (a) collection and the dissemination of relevant, timely and reliable commercial information and (b) strengthening the capacity of traders to act on this information. The project will achieve these objectives by strengthening the capacities of national market information systems (MIS) to exchange information among themselves and with affiliated national agricultural trader networks, which are now linked through a regional West African MIS network and a regional traders’ network. The approach will be tested in three neighboring countries (Mali, Niger, and Guinea), focusing initially on trade in livestock and rain-fed cereals. Based on these experiences, the project will develop a guide on how to extend the approach to other countries and other commodities. A key partner will be the Malian Agricultural Market Information System (OMA), which is a regional leader in market information in West Africa.

4. West Africa Market Information Project (WAMIP II)
Funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The WAMIP II project has two objectives:

  • To determine needed changes in grades and standards for selected staple foods in West Africa in order to expand regional trade and to create a private-public sector consultative process at the national and regional levels to bring about such changes.
  • To analyze alternative models for providing market information to African farmers and other key market actors, the models’ likely evolution over the next 5-10 years and to draw implications for needed public, private, civil-society and donor support.

5. Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Markets in Africa : GISAMA
Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Under this project, MSU and its African partners will analyze small-farm markets and infrastructure in several sub-Saharan African countries (Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique and Zambia) and develop strategies to increase agricultural productivity and create more efficient, sustainable markets for small farmers in Africa.  Specifically, project researchers will investigate the structure, performance and future potential of staple food and horticultural markets, focusing on maize, cassava, sorghum, cotton and vegetables. They’ll also assess the impact of investments such as rural road construction on market development and on poor households’ access to those markets. In West Africa, the focus will be on studying the evolution of the cotton-coarse grain systems and on the analyzing the effectiveness of market information systems meetiing the needs of small farmers, particularly women.

6. West Africa Cotton Improvement Program (WACIP)
Funded by USAID/WA; MSU is a subcontractor to IFDC on this project

 The WACIP program covers the countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, and Senegal.  The aim is to help improve the profitability of West Africa cotton value chains.  The program focuses on activities such as:

  • Supporting policy and institutional reform for private management of the cotton sector;
  • Improving the quality of cotton;
  • Establishing regional training programs for cotton ginners;
  • Strengthening a cotton biotechnology program;
  • Expanding the use of good agricultural practices in cotton-producing areas, including soil degradation and pest management; and
  • Improving relationships between the U.S. and West African agricultural research organizations.

Past Projects :

1. Project to Mobilize Food Security Initiatives in Mali-Phase I (Projet de Mobilisation des Initiatives en Matière de Sécurité Alimentaire au Mali) PROMISAM I
Funded by USAID/Mali

In September, 2004, USAID/Mali took a major step to support the Malian government’s efforts to strengthen sustainable food security. In response to a request from the Malian government, the Mission worked with Michigan State University to design a project to provide technical support to the Malian Food Security Commission (Commissariat à la Sécurité Alimentaire, or CSA) in the Office of the President. The resulting Project to Mobilize Food Security Initiatives in Mali—PROMISAM (Projet de Mobilisation des Initiatives en matière de Sécurité Alimentaire au Mali)—began in mid- September, 2004. Its objective is to help support Mali implement its new national food security strategy, or SNSA. Initially financed for one year by USAID/Mali's Accelerated Economic Growth program, PROMISAM is implemented by Michigan State University through the Food Security III Cooperative Agreement.

2. Mali Market Information (Projet d'Appui au Systéme d'Information Décentralisé du Marché Agricole) PASIDMA
Funded by USAID/Mali

The overall goal of this project is to foster an efficient, timely, reliable, and donor-independent agricultural and food marketing information system in Mali and strengthen the capacity of the private and public sectors to use the resulting market information effectively to promote agribusiness growth and food security.

3. Mali Agricultural Growth-Nutrition Linkages Project
Funded by USAID/Mali

The research and outreach investigates how increased agricultural production and productivity in the cotton and rice producing areas of Mali (southern Mali and the Office du Niger) relative to arid coarse grain zones (Mopti region) have affected individual food security, as measured in terms of the incidence of protein-calorie malnutrition among children under five years old.