Making Hand Sanitizer and Face Mask

As many of our lives have moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic, so has our volunteering. During this time we are continuing to train, educate and […]

The ENHANCE Program to Improve Livestock

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems research project: “Enhancing the Productivity of Small Ruminants through Improved and Cost-Effective Feeding and Animal Health Interventions (ENHANCE) […]

COVID-19 Precautions and Fact Sheet

Click here for a PDF fact sheet (English): COVID-19 Best Practices   What is COVID-19?   First, let’s break down the terminology COVID-19:  “CO” – Coronavirus  […]

Let’s Talk About Oyster Mushrooms!

Our volunteer Dr. Khalid worked with two organizations to implement oyster mushroom production to increase food diversity, improve nutrition and eliminate barriers in local foraging. Oyster […]

Mushrooms Provide Possibility for Nutrition and Income Generation

At Common Pastures our volunteers are always thinking of creative ways to increase food stability in Mali. In December, volunteer Dr. Khalid of Duke University taught […]

Cassava Plants and Piglets Follow-up

Volunteer Professor Harouna Maiga met with pig farmers last September to introduce cassava plant residue to silage. Five months later in February, volunteer Konimba Bengaly visited […]

Helping Students Become Livestock Entrepreneurs

In November, volunteer Diego Calderon discussed skills to improve the overall health of rudimentary livestock with students of the Bougouni Farmers’ Cooperative and Agro-Pastoral Training Center […]

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Increasing Pig Farming Profitability with Cassava Residue

Last September volunteer, Professor Harouna Maiga of the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus, visited Mali to meet with local agriculture agents to better understand the practices […]

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A Volunteer Describes the “True Mali Experience”

During her time in Mali as a Common Pastures volunteer through Winrock International, Mitchelle Olumide Makanjuola had a chance to visit the indigo making cooperative in […]