Sahel Eco is a Malian not-for-profit organisation created in 2004 to continue the work of SOS Sahel International UK in Mali.
Led by the same staff and committed to the same vision of improving living conditions in dryland areas, Sahel Eco implements projects in the Mopti and Ségou regions of Mali, building on established long term relationships and past achievements of SOS Sahel UK. We focus on supporting local people through training and capacity building, so that they can better manage the natural resources on which they depend and develop more diverse and secure livelihoods. We also work with government agencies, research institutions and other development organisations in Mali and across West Africa, to analyse and disseminate lessons learned, promote sound environmental management practices and inform policy debates.
In 2008 we made a short film with ITF showing how farmers had used simple, low cost techniques to restore tree cover to their fields and the multiple benefits this had brought them. This film marked the birth of Sahel Regreening, our programme of community projects, research and advocacy which shares knowledge about farmer managed natural regeneration (FMNR) techniques and their contribution to food security and climate resilience in Africa’s drylands.