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Mali’s agricultural sector plays a dominant role in the national economy. It accounts for close to half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs 70 percent of the active population. In its bid to stimulate agricultural production and…

discussion paper

Do household definitions matter in survey design?

Household definitions used in multi-topic household surveys vary between surveys but have potentially significant implications for household composition, production, and poverty statistics. Standard definitions of the household usually include some…

project paper

Aflatoxin prevalence data collection

Information is fragmented on the prevalence of aflatoxins, a variety of mycotoxin, in the maize value chain in Kenya and in the groundnut value chain in Mali. The purpose of this study is to generate a consistent database of aflatoxin prevalence along…


Local markets, local varieties

There are no easy solutions to the ongoing food price crisis. Maize and wheat prices doubled between 2003 and 2008, and the price of rice doubled in the first four months of 2008, rising 33 percent in a single day. Even with declines in food prices…

discussion paper

Access to irrigation and the escape from poverty

"Significant changes in the agricultural sector in northern Mali suggest that irrigation has made a large contribution to welfare increases over the past eight years. Using difference-in-differences, propensity score matching, and matched difference…

discussion paper

Seed value chains for Sorghum and Millet in Mali

"This paper reviews the structure and performance of the sorghum and millet seed sector in Mali. The Sahel is the origin of pearl millet and sorghum, seed selection and management of these crops is embedded in local cultures, and most producers of…