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Graduating from Assistance: Africa Food Prize Winner Exemplifies Self-Sufficiency Through Smart Development

by Christin VanZant last modified Nov 16, 2017 06:39 PM
Contributors: Winrock
Coulibaly received support from USAID’s Mali Agriculture Value Chain Enhancement Network (MAVEN) program (implemented by ACDI/VOCA and Winrock International). From 2010 to 2015, six Winrock Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers worked with Coulibaly on improved seed production, processing, packaging, organizational development and hybrid seed production, which can result in a 25- to 40-percent increase in yields.

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Maimouna Sidibé Coulibaly of Mali, an inspiring beneficiary of Winrock and USAID, is on the world stage after winning the Africa Food Prize. This USAID Mali photo essay illustrates her journey from beneficiary to entrepreneur and job-creator. She is one of only two winners selected from a field of 643 candidates (the other 2017 winner, Ruth Oniang’o, also has a Winrock connection). The prize recognizes those who use agriculture to transform lives and stimulate economic development. Both women have been awarded $100,000 to expand and reinvest in their work to make their communities stronger, healthier, more prosperous and self-sufficient.

 

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