Rural development and food security

Rural development and food security

Funded by the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the “Rural Development and Food Security” project targets vulnerable households in the Sikasso and Ségou regions of Mali, in order to improve their food security and increase their income, by strengthening the sectors of rice, fonio and sesame. The project thus contributes to supporting the Malian government in its objective of reducing poverty, through inclusive and sustainable growth. The project covers three areas of action: 1) rural development and food security; 2) training and professional integration; and 3) decentralisation and good governance. The project works with local stakeholders and government departments to facilitate the implementation of development policies and strategies. The project supports some 90 producers’ organisations. Environmental concerns as a cross-cutting issue are addressed in all project components.


Global objective

  • Diversify and sustainably strengthen agricultural income sources and food security at the household level

Specific objectives

  • Develop and intensify the productivity, sustainability and profitability of three agricultural sectors

Expected results

  • Development of the sesame and fonio sectors through 90 producers’ organisations and 50 micro- and small businesses supported for the production and processing of fonio and sesame
  • Improved food security, in particular through the development of the rice sector
  • Achievement of environmental and climatic results of agricultural policies and strategies
  • Improved business and investment climate enabling the development of the three sectors


4.5 years : 01/04/2016 - 01/07/2020


The project is implemented in Mali, in the circles of Ségou, San, Tominian, Bla, Barouéli (Ségou region) and Yorosso (Sikasso region).


90 producers’ organisations


27 501 168 EUR


Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Luxembourg


Luxembourg Agency for Development Co-operation (Lux-Dev)


Ministry of Rural Development, Mali

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  • Mali


  • Agriculture & value chains
  • Employment & revenues
  • Food security & zero hunger
  • Governance & capacity-building
  • Local actors & livelihoods
  • Markets, prices & trade
  • Poverty
  • Youth


  • Institutions
  • Poor households
  • Vulnerable small-scale farmers
  • Youth

Agir Pillars

  • Pillar 1: Improve social protection for the most vulnerable communities and households in order to secure their livelihoods
  • Pillar 3: Sustainably improve agricultural and food productivity and the incomes of the most vulnerable households and improve access to food
  • Pillar 4: Strengthen governance in food and nutrition security


  • Local

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 SDG 2 SDG 8 SDG 10