The village baseline study of Tongo village in the CCAFS benchmark site of Cinzana, Mali took place from 12 to 14 July 2011. Focus group discussions were conducted separately for men and women. The village has an abundance of natural resources such as savannah, grassland, ponds, farmlands and several kinds of socio-economic infrastructure. Some of the natural resources, however, are in a state of progressive degradation due to increase in human population; indiscriminate felling of trees; clearing of forests and deforestation; lack of rainfall; drought; and animal pressure.
The village has great organisational capacity based on socio-familial ties. This strong organisation can provide a basis for the success of any external intervention, or of any activity within the village. There are many external organisations operating in the village, as well, but they manifest lack of concerted efforts between among them, which reduces their efficacy.
In their vision for the future, the study participants proposed some critical activities including the development of income-generating activities for the women, increased guarding of the forest to prevent indiscriminate cutting of live wood, and the involvement of state organs, research organisations and development partners in the training/ building capacities of rural farmers.
Goudou, D.; Traoré-Gue, J.N.; Ouedraogo, M.; Segda, Z.; Diakité, L.; Kebe, Z.; Diarra-Camara, A.; Sissoko, K.; Zougmoré, R.; Moussa, A.S. Village Baseline Study &#8211; Site Analysis Report for Segou &#8211; Cinzana, Mali (MA0109). CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Copenhagen, Denmark (2012) 32 pp.