To encourage the sharing of experiences initiated in the various workshops of the Watigueleya Kêlè project (Climate Resilience in West Africa), the Donkosira association organised a village tour from 3-5 October 2023 in the villages of Banzana and Monzona (Mali). It brought together village delegates from Damaro, Mandou and Bossoko (Guinea), Bougarila, Bouillagui, Monzona and Banzana (Mali) and Missirah Tabadiang,
Because of climate change, villagers are facing difficulties that affect their crops, their food and financial security and their quality of life. In this report, they talk about these difficulties: the lack of rain, the drought, the poor condition of the land, but also the roaming of animals, which can completely destroy crops. “I grow rice and okra in
Climate change and the adverse effects that go with it mean that farmers have to adapt their crops to get through the lean seasons. The lean season is the period before the next harvest when food supplies from the previous season run out. Drought and increased climatic hazards mean that stocks are depleted more quickly, making people more vulnerable to
Wintering (the rainy season) is an important period in agricultural activity, when the rains invigorate the fields and make them fertile. Unfortunately, because of climate change and irregular and decreasing rainfall, crops suffer from drought, producing poor harvests that do not allow farmers to make a living. Faced with these difficulties, villagers have had to adapt their farming practices in
This is the preliminary work for roofing the hut. He braids the straw, complaining about the poor quality of the straw: because of the early fires that burn everything, because of the scarcity of water, they are forced to use straw in this state to cover their huts during the rainy season. Real straw has disappeared because of climate change,
The photo shows a field of millet, but millet farming is disappearing in Bandafassi because of the lack of rain. Millet used to be the main source of food, and it is also very important culturally. It is used for celebrations: beer is made from it for traditional Malinké and Bedik ceremonies, and the stalks are used in the dance
Lyrics: The field is completely ploughed, shame on the farmer’s enemy. The field is completely ploughed by the young braves of the village, shame on the enemies of the village. The fields are ploughed, Ousmane Sidibé shame on your enemy. The field is completely ploughed, shame on your enemy! The field is completely ploughed, peul Djibril shame on your enemy!
In Bedik culture, if there is an iniation on Wednesday, the girls go to fetch water. Before, this was done on the mountain, there were water points, but now with climate change, it is difficult to find water in Ethiouar, they are obliged to go down to fetch water, and come and do the cultural practices at the top of
My name is Tenenba Diarra, I am from Mali, from the Banzana region. At the time of winter, we take this waste to our fields and put it in a pile. When it has rained twice, we scatter the piles all over the field with shovels and cultivate the field. To prepare our market gardens, we dig a hole and
This is how the village of Monzona (Mali) fights against erosion of the crop fields. As you can see in the photos and video, pebbles are placed next to each other, obliquely, according to the direction of the flowing water. The lines of stones are placed ten (10) metres apart.