Sub-Saharan Africa

Integrated Initiative for Economic Growth in Mali (IICEM)

Client: United States Agency for International Development

2009-2013, SEGIR GBTI II

IICEM focuses on advocacy to reduce the physical and policy-related barriers to trade along Mali’s major trading corridors. The project spurs economic expansion and strengthens food security by increasing productivity in basic cereals and horticultural crops, using a value chain approach. IICEM's interventions are organized around five core pursuits: 1) enhancing access to markets and trade while improving commercialization of targeted commodities; 2) expanding/rehabilitating irrigated agriculture and diversifying and intensifying agricultural production; 3) enhancing financial services; 4) improving the enabling environment for agriculture, trade, and private sector development; and 5) stimulating entrepreneurship with a strategic activities fund, an innovations grant facility, and small business development skill building.