Tag: Mali

23
Nov

The Watigueleya Kêlè village tour (October 2023)

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,

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31
Oct

The difficulties faced by villagers (Banzana, Mali), February 2023

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

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19
Oct

Adapting crops to climate change (Bougarila, Mali), February 2023

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

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9
Aug

Protecting a palm tree in Bouillagui (Mali), February 2023

This report is about our classified forest. It’s a very important forest for us in Bouillagui, covering an area of more than 15 km. It is home to a palm tree specie known as the “rônier”. This is the most useful tree in Boullagui, with the trunks used for construction (roofing) and the branches used to make baskets. Around thirty

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25
Jul

The ploughmen (Banzana, Mali), February 2023

We are with the ploughmen. This year’s wintering is late. The rain started, then stopped abruptly, then started up again. Our first seedlings have all withered, so we have to sow a second time. With the rain nothing is guaranteed, it’s raining normally at the moment and we’re hoping that the rainwater hasn’t done any damage. If the rain continues

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11
Jul

Income-generating activities for women (Monzona, Mali), February 2023

If the season is not good, the women of Monzona resort to activities such as making brooms, sponges, traditional toothbrushes and baobab fruit to sell and support themselves. The sponge is made from the branches of the roan tree, which the women fetch from the bush. These activities make up for the lack of profitability due to a bad winter.

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4
Jul

The disappearance of forge wood (Banzana, Mali), February 2023

We are descendants of Fakoly, our parents left Bougouni to come here. There are two Sissoko clans: the Sissoko koromagan and the Sissoko Fakoly. We are blacksmiths. We’ve been blacksmiths since our ances tors and we make hoes, knives, etc. Other blacksmiths make jewellery, others dugout canoes, others braids. Forge wood has become scarce. You have to travel about 20km

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30
Jun

Poem about the environment (Monzona, Mali), February 2023

You can’t protect the environment without fighting bush fires. You can’t protect the environment without fighting abusive logging. To save the environment, we have to stop bush fires. We need to plant trees, and it’s often said that anyone who plants a tree has not lived in vain. Glory to those who fought to protect their environment!   “Anyone who

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28
Jun

Bush fires in Bougarila (Mali), February 2023

The crops in this millet field were dry due to the lack of rain. Bush fires devastated the rest. These bush fires can be factors or phenomena that can cause famine. Thanks to fire prevention techniques, this farmer’s field escaped the devastating effects of the bush fires. Part of his field burnt down completely and the other part escaped the

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26
Jun

Baobab leaves (Bouillagui, Mali), February 2023

Baobab leaves are widely consumed in Bouillagui. After the end of the rainy season, each family has to cut the leaves from a baobab tree. They are used for cooking; they are mixed with couscous and are also used to make sauces for certain dishes. They are eaten everywhere, with neighbouring countries such as Mauritania and Senegal travelling back and

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