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.
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.
IRS : The Institute of Rural Studies
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.