Mali

Last updated: January 2019
  • Region Western and Central Africa
  • UPOV membership status UPOV member through the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI)
  • Participation in OECD Seed Schemes No
  • ISTA accredited member laboratories No
  • GM crop approval for cultivation No
  • Law on Plant Variety Protection Annex X of the 1999 agreement revising the Bangui Agreement on the creation of the OAPI
Seed sector in Mali

Mali’s 2010 Seed Law governs its seed sector. This law is based on the 2006 Loi d’Orientation Agricole, which aims to increase agricultural productivity and improve access to high quality seeds. The law is in line with the ECOWAS seed regulation, though the level of available certified seed remains low.

Mali has liberalized its economy over the past decade, resulting in a more interactive seed system with several active players from the public and private sectors, as well as farmers’ organizations and non-governmental organizations. The role of private seed companies remains relatively low, supplying only a small portion of the seeds that farmers use.

Observations

There are 17 index companies operating in Mali, with three headquartered in the country. Only four companies accompany their sales activities with extension services.

None of the companies has breeding activities in the country, but five do have testing locations where they test their own portfolio or varieties coming from public research institutes.

The three Malian companies produce seed in the country, and two of them, Faso Kaba and Soprosa, involve smallholders in their production activities.

Index company activities identified in Mali
Company Crops in portfolio Company activities in country
Companies selected for
the Access to Seeds Index
Field
crops
Vegetables Breeding
location
Testing
location
Seed
production
Processing
location
Sales Extension
services
AGRIPLUS Mali  **
Advanta
Bayer
Bejo
East-West Seed
ENZA Zaden
Faso Kaba  **  *
Limagrain
NAFASO
Nongwoo Bio
Pop Vriend Seeds
Sakata
Seed Co
Soprosa  **  *
Syngenta  ***
Technisem
  • * Company involves smallholder farmers in seed production activities
  • ** Company headquartered in Mali
  • *** Based on company data, sales activities include seeds and/or crop protection products.

Other index companies are also active in the country. However, country-specific information for these companies is not available or was provided under a non-disclosure agreement.

Other companies identified in the regional landscaping study and their activities.

Company Crops in portfolio Company activities in country
Field
crops
Vegetable
crops
Breeding
location
Seed
production
Sales
Seneso
Comptoir 2000 SA
Camara Semences

Leading seed producing cooperatives highlighted in cooperative study

Company Crops in portfolio Company activities in country
Field
crops
Vegetable
crops
Testing
location
Seed
production
Sales
Coopérative pour la Promotion de la filière Semencière du Mandé (COOPROSEM)
Union Locale des Producteurs de Céréales (ULPC) de Dioïla
Coopérative Sikolokoloton