Mali's vegetable sector has great potential with a rapidly growing middle class that is consuming more vegetables and becoming more demanding of their quality.
With its vast arable land, Mali has the largest undeveloped land holdings in the region. Less than 10% of the estimated 40 million hectares of arable land is cultivated. Unlike most urban centers in the region, Mali's cities have land available for horticulture in peri-urban areas (API MALI publication, Investing in the Fruit and Vegetable Sector in Mali). Despite this strong potential, Malian markets are invaded by imported products. Local production, for its part, is still dominated by major constraints that make it less productive and competitive on the local and sub-regional markets.
For almost two years now, SCS International, in partnership with 2SCALE, has been working on the establishment of an informal alliance on systemic change within the Malian market garden sector.