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Karim Sanogo

Sesame Project Coordinator, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

Mali

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

Karim Sanogo is a highly motivated agricultural professional.  He has worked long hours to promote agricultural value chains in Mali.  During his career, he has worked in the cotton zone to introduce new, more transparent management systems for farmer organizations.  This work was instrumental in helping farmer groups to control debt, access bank credit and improve confidence between farmers and buyers that has contributed to the revival of the cotton sector in Mali. 

Mr. Sanogo’s work helped to create over 7,000 cotton farmer cooperatives, paving the way for the creation of Cotton Inter-Professional organization (IPC) which has strengthened the trust between actors and improved the bargaining position of farmers. 

What motivated you to pursue a career in agriculture?

  • I’m the son of a farmer, born in Farakala village, Sikasso.  
  • As a result, I saw the importance of agriculture from early life.  
  • My family sent me to school so I could serve.

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

  • Curricula are currently too theoretical.  Instruction needs to be more practical at all levels, including primary, especially secondary and university. 
  • Expand the number of disciplines to include market analysis, marketing and agribusiness management. 

Career highlights

  • Sesame Project Coordinator, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC).
  • Advisor, Association des Organisations professionels paysans (AOPP).
  • Programme d’Amerlioriation des Systems d’Exploitations en Zone Cottoniere (PASE).
  • Executive Secretary, Union regionale des centres de gestion rural (URCGR).
  • Agricultural Advisor, Projet Gestion Rural.

 Educational background

  • Primary:
    • Farakala Primary School.
  • Secondary:
    • Sikasso Lycée.
  • University:  
    • Maitrise, Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Bamako.