Onion (jege) and fish (jaba) are staple foods in Mali. Onion shortages on the market are common throughout the year, especially during the rainy season. Before the start of the Jege ni Jaba project (2014 - 2019), there was minimal access to finance, research data and mechanization, while formal linkages between the different stakeholders in the onion value chain were weak, or non-existent. In the fish value chain, challenges include the absence of local fish fry producers or fish feed, scant knowledge about the various types of production systems, and unavailability of reference data.
In 2017, the project continued with various activities aimed at strengthening both value chains to improve food security and income for producers. During the year the project optimised 25 storage facilities to enhance onion conservation. It also provided training and coaching for more than 2,500 producers on onion production techniques, and mechanically processed 2,000 tons of shallots. More than 10 fish fry hatcheries received support to introduce an improved strain of fry from Nigeria, helping to produce 250,000 allevines locally. Onion producers received loans totaling USD 150,000 to buy inputs and gain market access. One entrepreneur received a loan of USD 15,244 to implement a business plan aiming to provide onions to local enterprises.