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Bandiougou Dembélé

Institut de l’Economie Rurale (IER), Department of Bovine Research

Mali

What most impressed the professional colleagues who nominated this role model?

Bandiougou Dembélé is a highly effective young research scientist working within the national agricultural research system in Mali.  Despite his young age, his colleagues have designated him as coordinator for an important participative research project, “Development of fodder legume crops in the cotton zone of Mali.”  His work has proven highly effective in developing improved cultural practices that permit intensification of maize, sorghum and cowpea production and link the production of leguminous plants to increase milk production in family farming exploitations. 

In addition to on-station and on-farm research, he has actively promoted farmer training in improved fodder management.  His field research experience and scientific expertise, combined with his rural background and the consequent respect he demonstrates towards farmers, have enabled him to develop an impressive professional rapport with the farmers he serves. 

What motivated you to pursue a career in agriculture?

  • I grew up in a rural area near Kayes until 14 years of age.  My father worked in agriculture, growing millet, maize and rearing livestock.  My mother grew groundnuts.  
  • Mali is an agricultural country with enormous potential. 
  • Improving agricultural productivity can play a large role in providing for household needs and reducing poverty. 

How can agricultural education institutions more effectively prepare African students for successful agribusiness careers? 

  • Introduce an agribusiness component at agricultural universities. 

Career highlights

  • Institut de l’Economie Rurale (IER), Department of Bovine Research, Sikasso.
  • Project coordinator “Development of fodder legume crops for the cotton zone of Mali”.

Educational background

  • Primary school:          Sero primary school.  
  • Secondary school:      Lycée de Kayes.
  • University:                 
    • University of Bamako, Diplôme d’Etudes Universitaires.
    • Institut Polytechnique Rural, Diplôme d’Ingénieur de Conception (M.Sc.).