FORECO - Forestry territories and innovative sectors for the forest and the local economy

May 2019
April 2023
Project cost
941 105 €
Role in the project




Spatial Planning Climate Degradation-Restoration Forest


Cashew Gum arabic Shea NTFPs

Main goals

Improve the forest cover of the Segou Region, its protection and the economy related to the forest.

Specific objectives

OS1. Ensure the reforestation of tree species that have, above all, an economic logic (cashew nuts, Arabic gum, shea butter, fruits, timber, wood energy ...).
OS2. Increase the attractiveness of the forest through better marketing of forest products and services (improvement of practices, market information, networking ...).


14 municipalities (Ségou region, 5 circles : Ségou, San, Bla, Barouéli and Tominian)


R1. Actions are defined with the targeted municipalities for the sustainable reduction of the pressures on the forest
R2. Territorial management capacities and skills of municipalities are strengthened and sustainable forest management practices are adopted
R3. Producers and loggers are trained
R4. 640 ha are replanted or protected in adapted and profitable species (of which 500 ha in pure)
R5. Wood and non-wood forest products are known, the market access is improved, which generates diversified incomes


A1. Participatory diagnoses and development of a forest action plan for each of the 20 municipalities
A2. Cartographic analysis for identification of priority reforestation / protection areas and monitoring of forest cover
A3. Accompanying municipalities and loggers to reforestation and to the preservation of threatened forests on 640 ha (500 ha of which are pure)
A4. Training of the 14 municipalities and 3,500 NTFP producers and / or loggers in forest management, territorial planning, planting techniques, collection and marketing of NTFP
A5. Forest and carbon monitoring, monitoring-evaluation and capitalization / Animation of the CCOSAD and CLOCSAD consultation Framework
A6. Development of an Environmental and Social Impact Notice

Related people

Country representative in Mali

Frederic De Coster

Holder of a master's degree in development economics from the University of Namur in Belgium, he has more than 5 years of experience in private companies active in renewable energy and agriculture in Africa. His expertise lies in optimizing business models and logistics and financial operations. He worked for 4 years at myAgro, a social enterprise active in the agricultural sector in Mali and Tanzania that gave him a particular knowledge of the Malian context, both at the institutional level and at the level of actors in the agricultural world.

Technical Assistant / Forest & REDD + / Mali

Souleymane Fadiga

Agricultural engineer, graduated from the Polytechnic Rural Institute / Institute of Training and Applied Research IPR/IFRA (Koulikoro, Mali), he worked for twenty years in national and international NGOs and capitalizes skills on: natural resources management, agroforestry, reforestation and reforestation and agro-socio-economic studies. He brings his expertise to the FORECO project as Technical Assistant to AMASSA

GIS consultant / Forest & Redd+ / Mali

Fousseyni Dembele

As an expert in GIS, he holds a master's degree in Geography with a planning option from the Faculty of History and Geography of the University of Social Sciences and Management of Bamako. He worked from 2013 to 2016 at the Geographic Institute of Mali as an entry operator for the update of the topographic map at 1/200000. He was also GIS supervisor at myAgro whose subsidiary in Mali is called n’gaSéné from 2017 to 2020

Project manager / Agriculture & Market / Mali

Alassane Sogodogo

Currently in a thesis, he is graduated with a Master 2 in remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems from the Félix Houphouët Boigny University in Abidjan. He brings his expertise in agricultural market analysis and support to the FORECO project as Remote Sensing Assistant and Geographic Information Systems

Financial and Administrative Officer / Mali

Seyidina Oumar Sall

Graduated with a master's degree in management and a DUT in finance-accounting, he has acquired several experiences in the field of finance and office management

Project Manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Julien Gonnet

Holder of a Professional Master II in Sustainable Development from the University of Geneva and a Master I in Geography from the University of Jean Moulin, he brings his expertise in project building and project management on agricultural markets, the use of ICT within the agriculture sector, the implementation of certification (organic, fair...) and engineering training

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Project Manager / Forest & REDD + / France

Marie Nourtier

PhD in Forest sciences conducted at INRA Avignon, EMMAH research lab, she brings her expertise in forest ecology, support for REDD+ mechanism and carbon accounting, Environmental and social impact assessment of projects, project management and supervision of technical work

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Project Officer

François Griffon

Holder of a Master's degree in "Sustainable Farming and Agri-food Systems in the South", specialised in "Markets, Organization, Quality and Services" from Montpellier SupAgro - Institut des Régions Chaudes (IRC), he brings his expertise in sector and value chain analysis, market studies, quality management and farmers' organisations services and support

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Project Manager

Clovis Grinand

PhD in Functional Ecology and Agronomic Sciences (SupAgro, IRD and CIRAD) and specialized in Localized Information Systems for Spatial Planning (AgroParisTech), he is an expert in land use change monitoring using remote sensing, digital soil mapping and spatial modeling applied to forestry, agronomy and landscape ecology. He is the author of numerous international scientific publications.

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PO Structuring Technical Manager / Agriculture & Market / Mali

Traoré Dramane

He has a master's degree in management from the Faculty of Management and Economics of Bamako. He was trained as a master trainer in the cashew value chain. He has 8 years of experience in agricultural value chains, particularly cashew nuts, in particular for the professionalization of POs and local marketing

Financial and administrative officer / Mali

Fatoumata Karambe

She holds a Master's degree in Audit and Management Control from the Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis in Senegal. She then worked for 3 years as an Administrative and Accounting Assistant in a World Bank project


Cédric Rabany

Holder of a Master of Science, "Agricultural Engineer and territories development" from the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture (ISARA Lyon), he brings his expertise in agro-food/agricultural sectors' analysis and development, strengthening of supplychain actors (producers, private/public actors, agro-food industries...), socio-economic analysis of agricultural chains and his great knowledge of companies in these markets

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Project Manager - Agrarian Systems - Territories - Agro-ecology / Agriculture & Market / Senegal

Pierre Sutter

Graduate Engineer in Agriculture, Specialized in Agroecology of the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture (ISA), he brings his expertise to the methodological support of the teams on the realization of diagnosis at the scale of the territory and the plot to develop the rules for managing natural resources and co-constructing innovative agricultural practices with producers. Based in Dakar serving West & Central Africa.