Women traditionally cannot own land in Mali, making it hard for rural women to earn money. Kaidia explains how the women’s association in her village helps women earn money and distributes loans.
So far the rains have been good and Kaidia has started planting crops for the next season. But without a bull to help plough her land she has to choose between sowing the seeds late or sowing them without ploughing.
In Kaidia’s latest blog she tells us that children are the worst affected by the hungry season. Malnutrition means they are more susceptible to illnesses, such as relapses of malaria, and are unable to work in the fields to sow the next season’s crops.
As the food crisis worsens in Mali, our blogger Kaidia Samaké fears she will not be able to fast for all of Ramadan because she does not have the nutritious food needed to to break her fast when the sun goes down each evening.
As rebel groups in Mali combine to announce an independent Sharia state after the recent Northern coup, Kaidia voices her fears about her future in the south of Mali.
“We know we are destroying our environment… but we don’t have any choice.”
Kaidia explains the urgent matters that the new Mali government must attend to – the economy, education and hunger.
A new ‘Family Code’ law, passed earlier this year in Mali, has dashed hopes of increasing women’s rights in the strongly patriarchal West African country
Kaidia speaks her mind about the recent coup in Mali and reflects on what these changes could mean for the rural south of the country.
Kaidia Samake is on the village school management committee. She encourages children to go to school and their parents to allow them.
With the worsening food shortage in Mali, Kaidia tells us how local radio is sharing valuable information with rural communities.
Kaidia blogs about health issues for the children of Mali, from malaria to female genital mutilation.
Kaidia talks to us about pregnancy in Mali – the risks and the changes that are helping to improve the health of mothers and children.
Kaidia speaks about how her community has dealt with rain shortages and drought over recent years.
Failed harvests and low food reserves in the Sahel, particularly Mali, Chad, Mauritania and Burkina Faso, means millions of people are facing a food crisis in early 2012. Kaidia Samaké explains how the lack of rain has caused her own harvests to fail and what this means for her and her children.
Men decide everything about the community’s life. When something must be discussed by the villagers, men meet in the chief of the village’s meeting room. Women don’t have the right to take part in those meetings.
Kaidia tells us about her experiences farming, processing and preparing the Shea fruit.
An association of housewives from Gwelekoro all pay a small amount each week. The money can be given as small loans for women in Mali, where it can be difficult for women to get loans or funding.
Kaidia Samaké tells us in her first blog about her experiences of adult education in rural Mali.
We have finished bringing in the harvest on our farms. The work we are doing now is the threshing of sorghum and millet, which are the most important cereals we grow. After the harvest we collect the ears of sorghum together on the farms to be dried. We protect them from the animals that can…
Malaria is a common disease here. I can say everyone suffers from malaria several times a year. The worst outbreaks are during the rainy season which runs from July to October. Doctors say that mosquitoes benefit from the wet and dirty environment of the rainy season. And their numbers grow because they breed a lot…
It’s time to harvest our main crops like sorghum and millet but they still need more water to produce enough grain. I think it might not rain again until next July so I’m worried about food security in my village and the surrounding areas. We rely heavily on farming for our livelihoods but we also…
We are currently harvesting the short-cycle crops such as black-eyed peas, fonio, maize and groundnut. Their cycle is shorter than the other crops we grow, especially crops like sorghum and millet. This time of year, every year, marks a period of happiness for the farmers. It ends the food shortage period, which can last several…
I’m worried that one of my sons will migrate to Spain. He only talks about this project and doesn’t have any plans to do anything else. He has asked for the support of all the family to get him there. We can give him some money and our blessings for the success of his voyage….
I work with the Agro Meteorological Assistance Programme, which teaches farmers how to adapt their farms to water shortages. The problem is that farmers no longer know when the rainy season starts exactly. Normally the rainy season starts around May and ends in October. Now it might rain few times in May, but the rainy season…
My name is Sali Samaké and I live in Tamala, one of the villages in the region of Djitoumou, in Mali. We’re proud of our past. We always refer to Djitoumou, an ancient land name, to indicate our village’s position to outsiders. I was born in Defara, a neighbouring village, but my parents no longer…