When I traveled to the town of Siby in Mali today, I was struck by the incredibly challenging environment in which people are farming.
The people in this area grow pearl millet and sorghum, two of ICRISAT’s focus crops. I met with a group of three men who are seed growers rallying around an opportunity.
They faced a dilemma – they needed to sell their seed as they had a lack of cash reserves, yet they wanted to keep them for the new season cropping.
I also met a group of women who were promoting better nutrition and health clinics near Siby. I was impressed by their sheer determination and their ability.
The people are warm and friendly. I am full of admiration for them. Despite my lack of French, I’m rapidly getting familiar with the various agricultural terms in the language.