Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
An Abt Associates-led project helped Malian farmers improve their business practices, get bank loans, and boost their crop yields and incomes – despite political uncertainty.
Beset by outdated farming technologies, limited access to credit, and climate variability – and shaken by political instability – Mali might have seemed an unlikely place for farming innovations and new agribusiness approaches to take root.
Yet Abt Associates, through USAID’s Integrated Initiatives for Economic Growth in Mali (IICEM) project, successfully tapped Mali’s vast agricultural potential, introducing practical tools and new approaches to growing, marketing and processing rice, millet and sorghum.
“We use much less diesel for our pumps than we did before,” said Souleyman Kouyate, a farmer in Dire, in the north of Mali. “We don’t spend as much money on fertilizer, rice seed, or fuel as we did before.”
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.