The Malian initiative Koolfarmer combines community development and environment preservation. Thanks to its vision of “a smart agriculture to face climate change”, Koolfarmer produces organic fruits and vegetables with techniques and means adapted to the climate context.
Koolfarmer was created to bring solutions to real needs. In a region where the majority of producers are grain producers and gold washers, fruits and vegetables were imported from abroad or transported from other regions in Mali. This was due to the lack of local professional farms in market gardening.
To answer this need, and to produce fruits and vegetables with non-polluting methods, Koolfarmer positions itself as a useful and constructive initiative. In addition, the initiative is part of many registers.
One of the priority axes of the Koolfarmer initiative is the creation of job opportunities for youth from Sadiola commune through the exploitation of a sustainable production unit of 800 m² (tomatoes, onions, potatoes, papaya, mangos, oranges). The project also invests in training youth of the region in techniques that are more respectful of environment as well as in agribusiness. The objective is to empower them so that they can fill a demand that witnessed a five-fold increase.
Positive impact on environment and climate
From conception to distribution, through production, the second priority axis is to produce a positive impact on environment. The “sustainable” production uses techniques that limit the greenhouse gas emission, protect and favor microbial life and allow the absorption of carbon from the atmosphere and reproduce it on soil. A prime example of these techniques: preparation of plots according to the technique of zaî, which is to dig holes and fill them with organic matters in order to save irrigation water. As per deliveries, the idea was to develop short circuits thanks to the creation of a unique ecosystem of marketing local agricultural products.
The project, in trial stage since its launch in 2014, is becoming a unique model. All success indicators are there for all to see. The production is of great quality with organic fruits and vegetables that are local and tasty. The community, for whom the project proved its efficiency, is involved and enjoys the project’s revenues. Finally, the environment benefits from a positive impact through this initiative which is part of a viable and sustainable process.
To date, the project’s turnover exceeds 1.000.000 CFA Francs. Sustainable can also rhyme with profitable. When an initiative enjoys this asset to ally sustainability with profitability, it becomes interesting to recreate it. Koolfarmer is an initiative for a smart agriculture to face climate change, which, apart from filling a need and creating value in a sustainable manner, has the merit to inspire. Learn from it!
Among the sources of the deterioration in the quality of surface water and groundwater, we find the irrational use of fertilizers and pesticides. This mismanagement of fertilizers and agricultural practices leads to the migration of several contaminants such as nitrates, microorganisms and pesticides into drinking water sources. Today, these contaminants are detected in most drinking waters located in the agricultural region.
Through its strategy for the agricultural sector (the « Green Morocco Plan »), Morocco seeks to reach a triple grain, in terms of growth, adaptation to climate change and its reduction.
This requires investments to increase agricultural productivity as well as measures to improve water management in this sector and reduce its consumption of fossil fuels. Techniques of soil carbon management, like direct sowing, are also introduced.
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