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SPRING/Mali Grows Nutrient-Dense Food for Consumption

A farmer's field in Mali

The Agriculture Indicators Report illustrates SPRING/Mali’s achievements for our Feed the Future indicators. In January 2016, we sampled 127 of 5,500 Farmer Nutrition School (FNS) beneficiaries who had been trained in homestead food production. An impressive 80 hectares of food was grown in the single planting season from July-October 2015 in the project’s 100 target villages, much of it including nutrient-dense crops such as squash, okra, and leafy greens. We found that uptake of improved technologies and management practices learned through our training were high among the FNS beneficiaries. In addition, we collected data for the gross margin indicator and provided baseline data that can be used for the incremental sales indicator. SPRING considers this a significant achievement for one year of activity in Mali. Further results can be found in the Agriculture Indicators Report.