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Mali is a landlocked country in the heart of the Sahel that faces land related tensions, food insecurity and severe security challenges despite the 2015 peace agreement. Agriculture accounts for 39% of the national GDP and Mali’s main exports rely on gold, cotton, and livestock. Livestock herding alone contributes 15% to the country’s GDP.
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122,019,000 ha
2,120.6 USD

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Call for applications: Africa consultancy roster

4 January 2024

Are you passionate about upholding Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IP&LC) rights and supporting the protection of forests and biodiversity and the governance of IPLC land and forests in the African continent?  

Herder-farmer conflict in the Sahel needs a new description: why ‘eco-violence’ fits

13 July 2022

The conflicts between herders and farmers over water and grazing opportunities have been going on for decades.

Sustaining and Scaling Tenure to Land and Forests: Challenges and Opportunities to achieve sustainable solutions at scale

4 July 2022

LANDac International Conference 2022 Session Summary   With barely eight years left to reach the UN SD 2030 Goals, an acceleration of the process of securing and sustaining tenure rights is required. The focus of the land and forest governance sector should turn to scale approaches and…



Customary land management is practiced by sedentary farming as well as pastoral communities all over Mali. However, it is only since the adoption of the Agricultural Land Law in 2017, that customary user rights may be used as the basis for land claims.

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Mining contract transparency improves local planning in Mali

7 May 2024

In Mali, a civil society coalition worked with communities to achieve greater transparency on gold mining contracts and to hold authorities and companies to account. Their aim: to turn Mali’s mining sector into a lever for socio-econmic development and improve living conditions around mining sites…

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Webinar: Land, Investment and Migration

Land, Investment and Migration: A Portrait of Village Life in Mali

Date: Wednesday, 17 June 2020 Time:  2.30-3.45pm (GMT+1) Where: Online, using Zoom Registration: via this link.   The effects of the climate crisis, new technologies, and land grabs have altered the livelihoods and prospects of villagers living in Central Mali. Join us for an…