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Standing by Mali’s smallholders

Today I visited the ICRISAT’s Samanko Station in Mali, touring the field, lab and office facilities.

I congratulate the ICRISAT staff for being proactive and thank them for their enthusiasm and staying loyal to ICRISAT and the small holder farmers of Mali during the past three years. They have endured challenging conditions – the civil conflict, Ebola and the rising costs of living.

ICRISAT Mali staff

ICRISAT Mali staff on my visit, March 2015

By standing alongside the people of Mali during these difficult times, ICRISAT has solidified its good relations with the government of Mali and our national partners.

I told the ICRISAT team and our partners that the management team and Board have a strong commitment to increase our investment and presence in sub-Saharan Africa.

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