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Focus on agriculture and agricultural policies in Mali

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This eight-page summary by Inter-Réseaux draws attention to the relative success of Mali’s agricultural policies and investments. Mali is one of a handful of African countries that have devoted 10% of their public resources to the agricultural sector in the last decade, in accordance with the Maputo Declaration. It has also set up some social protection programmes since 2002. However, following the socio-political crisis in 2012, a large chunk of agricultural investments has been diverted to the security sector. Many social protection programmes rely heavily on external-funds and lack links with initiatives that support family farming. Mali now aims to develop a more ambitious social protection policy that includes improved planning, better co-ordination and more domestic financial resources.