The Agroecological Farm

If there were one proverb that conveys the spirit of Tombouctou Héritage , it would be the West African proverb, “The earth does not lie.” Indeed, our project is grounded in a profound respect for the earth.

In France, too, there is a growing awareness of the importance of eco-friendly agricultural and livestock practices. Pierre Rabhi, French writer and leader in agro-ecology, says that integrating food producing activities into everyday life is essential to the well-being of every human being. He calls that “Our first medicine”.

Investing in Mali, while being in harmony with our values and the values of the Maliens has naturally led us to an agro-ecological farm project.

Our Partners

Oumar Diabaté

And providentially, during our trip in January 2019, we met a Malian veterinarian and agronomist, with a diploma from a Russian university and also trained in permaculture by Pierre Rabhi.

Previously, 14 years ago, Oumar Diabaté had set up an agroecological farm on a plot of land that was said to be unable to be cultivated as there was a severe shortage of water. But through Oumar Diabaté’s know-how and patience, indeed, he did facilitate the creation of a two and a half hectare farm that became productive.

Oumar often travelled to other countries where he collected seeds and cuttings that could grow on Malian soil. In addition, with his knowledge of traditional medicine, in the plots, he began to alternate edible plants and medicinal plants.

Today his farm has become the Sahelian center for training and research in agroecology and agrobiology (CFSRA). He even produces a natural fertilizer.

During our visits to Mali, we have begun to develop strong partnerships and Oumar Diabaté is a valuable ally and is ready to accompany us in our project.

IRS : The Institute of Rural Studies

We have also developed a working relationship with the team of the Institute of Rural Studies, commonly known as the IER.
Dr. Gamby and his team maintain nurseries where they grow plants that can grow on Malian soil and can be useful for health purposes. For example, they offer a variety of sweet potato which is good for diabetics to eat. Also they are experimenting with creating flour from a variety of different crops.
This team is one of our valuable partners and in due course they will assist us in choosing the appropriate seeds we need to grow on our land.

The Tombouctou Héritage Agro-Ecological Farm

Today, we have all the resources to launch our farm project in the best possible conditions.

We have located three hectares of land, with adequate and quality groundwater, and ideally situated close to the Tombouctou Héritage head office.

This land is at the crossroads of several villages and in these villages there is a substantial population of young Malians who could work on the farm or be volunteers.

In particular, on the team, there is a young man Amadou, who is a specialist in medicinal plants in the area. Among his various occupations, he offers consultations and treatment to the people from the surrounding villages.

The purchase of the land, which we wish to accomplish in a participative and collective mode, represents a total cost of 27,700 euros.

The first phases of the project are to construct a fence around the farm,  to drill wells, and to set up the irrigation system. To prepare for the final purchase, there is currently a team of three people working on site. They setting up the project and  taking technical training which is sponsored by our partners.

Once the land has been bought, we plan to integrate local and international teams,  mobilize the local and international youth for a worthy project, and revive this land, always in accord with our values of respect for the earth and respect for human beings.