Farmers in Mali have gained critical new rights to their traditional land—and rural communities have gained much-needed economic stability—as a result of a historic new law.
Mohamed Coulibaly is an advisor on law and agriculture for the Economic Law and Policy Program. Based in Bamako, Mali, Mohamed provides training and advisory services to developing country governments, primarily in Africa. This legal and policy advice is focused on issues related to foreign investment in agriculture such as the negotiation, drafting and implementation of agriculture investment contracts and national/regional laws and policies aiming at maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risks from foreign investment in the agriculture sector. His work also entails research on emerging trends and issues at the intersection of investment, agriculture and sustainable development. An area of focus is reflecting on legal instruments that can support the transformation of African agriculture through increased private investments.
Mohamed is also an assistant professor of law at the University of Bamako. He has worked on several topics related to sustainable development and agriculture and has conducted research on the legal, social and environmental aspects of development projects, land policies, seed laws and other agricultural issues in Mali and Africa.