USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.
USAID supports two of ICCO’s Public Private Partnership in Mali.
Project “Unlocking Mali’s Shea Potential” (2015-2017)
ICCO’s shea sector development project is implemented in three years (2015-2017) in collaboration with ICRAF, and private company Olvea, in Mali. Through this PPP, 12,000 rural women will improve their income from shea nuts with 75% by the end of the project in 2017. The project is funded by USAID within the framework of its SmAT-Scaling Up Project and the strategy Feed the Future (FtF) strategy.
Project “Creating Wealth to Improve Livelihoods and Strengthen the Resiliency of Rural Women through the Development of Sustainable Organic Beeswax” (2016-2017)
In addition, from 2016 – 2017, ICCO will diversify the income of 3,000 women producers already producing shea, by involving them in beeswax production. This partnership between ICCO, ICRAF, USAID/Mali aims to stimulate entrepreneurship of the women producers in Mali by providing them a secure market and by training them to the production of a new raw material: the beeswax, a honey coproduct. Over a period of 2 years, a production of 20 tons of beeswax is expected. A study led by The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) will be conducted on the benefits of the increased pollination for the shea production.
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