Food Security

 


In Mali's Dogon Country, food security is a major concern.  Villagers work hard, farming millet, peanuts, sorghum, cowpeas, and other crops, and yet decreasing rainfall and increasing pest problems have caused harvests to diminish.  In most years, most families cannot harvest enough food to last them through the year until the next harvest.  Cash income is very difficult to come by in the villages, so young people must then go to the cities to look for work and send money home so their families can purchase food.  This exodus reduces human resources in the communities and separates family members from each other, in addition to exposing the migrants to hazards and hardships of metropolitan life and diminishing the vitality of cultural life in the villages. 

Villages in the area have proposed several solutions to the problem of food insecurity, including grain banks, such as those in Kansongho and Sal-Dimi, gardens and orchards, and agricultural innovations, including anti-erosion dikes, improved crop varieties and natural regeneration of trees in the fields.  Tandana is pleased to support these important initiatives that help villages provide for more of their food needs.