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Sustainable Development in Mali: Improving the livelihoods of rural poor in the drylands of the Sahel through the management and enrichment of local plant diversity

Lead PI: University Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Unit Affiliation: Center for Sustainable Development (CSD)

January 2009 - December 2013
Inactive
Africa ; Sub-Saharan Africa ; Mali ; Millennium Villages
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: This project aims to improve the livelihoods of rural poor in the drylands of the Sahel through the management and enrichment of local plant diversity, and will support the scaling up of the Millennium Villages concept to the most impoverished and food-insecure rural communes of Mali.

OUTCOMES: 2009-2011: progress on plant diversity, including species classifications, conservation strategies, tree domestication, and women's education; and the development of Initiative 166 to implement a variety of interventions in 166 of the poorest communes in Mali, including budget assessments and public outreach to the communes to discuss the goals and the role of local government and community participation in the initiative.

SPONSOR:

Foundation Prince Albert II of Monaco

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$1,103,102

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COLLABORATORS:

MDG Center West and Central Africa (inactive)

KEYWORDS

millennium development goals biodiversity poverty food insecurity

THEMES

Stewardship of the planet