Project profile — Dou Touloma - Woman Pillar of the Family


Alliance agricole international UPA-DI, CECI, SOCODEVI (CA-CRA_ACR-3137222279)
2021-03-19 - 2026-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Mali (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (20.00%)
• Agricultural development:
Agricultural development (31120) (39.00%)
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (41.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project seeks to enhance the well-being and socio-economic empowerment of women farmers in the Koulikoro, Mopti, Ségou and Sikasso regions of Mali. Project activities include: (1) training women farmers on climate-smart agricultural processing and production, leadership, association-based entrepreneurship, and their fundamental rights, including the right to land; (2) integrating women farmers into existing literacy and financial literacy initiatives; (3) providing positive masculinity training to men and traditional leaders, including youths; (4) providing elected officials from cooperatives and agricultural unions with training on inclusive governance and financial management practices, as well as on gender equality; (5) providing cooperatives and unions with support to develop business models and fund agricultural projects that promote climate change adaptation in predominantly female value chains; (6) providing regional women’s organizations with support to advocate for women’s economic rights among officials and conduct awareness campaigns; and (7) building the operational capacity of the Fédération nationale des femmes rurales. This project is being implemented by the Alliance agricole internationale, a platform for agricultural engagement and action formed by the Société de coopération pour le développement international (SOCODEVI), the Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale (CECI) and the Union des producteurs agricoles - Développement international (UPA-DI).

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) women farmers have an enhanced capacity to access, use, manage and control the economic and productive resources of their agricultural business in a climate change context; (2) predominantly female agricultural cooperatives and their unions enjoy more inclusive governance and a range of products and services that are better adapted to the specific needs of women farmers and environmental challenges; and (3) the capacities of regional associations and the Fédération nationale des femmes rurales are enhanced so that women farmers are more empowered and can exercise their social and economic rights.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) trained 1,238 women and 108 men in climate-smart and environmentally-friendly production and processing practices. This training also addressed self-esteem, gender equality, gender-based violence and women's rights; (2) 482 women participated in a literacy program for grassroots women's cooperatives and their unions, 70% of whom were young women; (3) trained 148 women and 56 men in good practices of inclusive governance and financial and environmental management; (4) financed seven business projects in cooperatives promoting adaptation to climate change and energy efficiency in the sectors targeted by the project; and (5) connected 28 women with providers of agricultural products and services. This enabled participants to learn more about certain digital solutions in agriculture, including online sales of agricultural products, the agricultural market information system and soil analysis using drones.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $2,665,517
Planned disbursement $4,000,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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