Kickoff date : 2007
Financial self-reliance of the programme : self reliant
Location : Mopti
Funding : SCAC de l'Ambassade de France
Initiated by the association ‘Au Fil de la Vie’ which fights against noma (a sort of leprosy that spreads within the mouth due partly to malnutrition), a spirulina farming project was launched in 2007. The installations were inaugurated in July 2008.
The FSD Funds of SCAC, courtesy of the French Embassy to Mali, contributed in most part to supporting this programme.
The farm grew from 600m2 at the beginning of 2010 to 900m2 in April, then back to 600m2 at the end of the year in order to adapt production to the distribution needs.
Growing techniques have almost been mastered, although progress can still be made in order to reach optimal productivity (slightly more than 600kg of dry spirulina was produced this year, i.e. a bit less than 3g/m2 per day, keeping in mind the aim of 5g per m2 per day).
In 2012 and 2013, in spite of political and economical strife, the farm still managed to produce 300kg of spirulina each year.