Policy Landscape for the Scaling-Up of Agroforestry in Mali

Mali does not have a stand-alone, designated national policy or strategy to support and promote agroforestry. This report identifies barriers to agroforestry adoption, acknowledging that policy is one among numerous barriers. While there are policy gaps, Mali already has many policies supportive of agroforestry. However, implementation issues, as well as a disconnect between national policies and local conventions, pose significant challenged to the effectiveness of current and future policy initiatives.

The report offers recommendations designed to establish a national policy landscape that can scale up agroforestry and agroecological solutions: decentralization must be fully administered; women must be included in natural resource management decision making, and gender analysis should be better integrated into policies across the board; policies governing land titling and registration must be clarified and streamlined, and support for proper administrative management complying with those policies must be prioritized; forestry policies and regulations should be clarified and broadly communicated, and implemented; agricultural programs need to align their financing and priorities with their purported social and environmental objectives; and finally, fiscal and market policies should support agroecological production, and agroforestry solutions should be prioritized within climate adaptation efforts.

In addition to the Research Backgrounder, a Policy Brief is also available. Please see Downloads.


Faye Duan



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