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Mali’s Shea Nut Industry Takes Root—and Women Farmers Benefit

Every day during shea season, Hawa Sidibé walks four to seven kilometers to collect shea nuts to sell to traders. As President of the Shea Cooperative of Gouandiaka, in Sikasso, southern Mali, lack of transportation to the fields is one of the many challenges she and the other members of her cooperative face as they try to […]

From batteries to shea butter: Company sees potential for agri-processing in Mali

Simballa Sylla has many titles and job descriptions. The Malian entrepreneur and businessman is CEO of Omnium Mali (battery manufacturing), deputy managing director of Omnium Invest (investment and holding company), the CEO of Mali Shi (agro-processor of shea butter from nuts of the shea tree), CEO of Energy + (solar lamps and home kits) and the […]

Green Climate Fund approves $54.5m project to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions in Ghana’s shea landscape

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved a project worth 54.5 million US dollars to address the alarming deforestation and forest degradation challenges in the Northern Savannah Zone of Ghana, whilst promoting investments in the shea value chain and women’s empowerment. The ‘Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project’, which was approved at the ongoing GCF’s 26th virtual Board Meeting, […]