EU Cooperation with Mali - water and irrigation projects in the area of Segou, Mali

Type: Shots   Référence: I078211   Durée: 03:56  Lieu: Mali
In the village of Sassanding, in the area of Segou, 235 km north east of Bamako, an EU-funded project has provided drinking water to 100,000 inhabitants of the region, bringing an end to waterborne(water related) diseases such as dysentery and diarrhea that had severe impact on infant mortality. In total, 550,000 people have received access to drinking water in Mali in the last five years thanks to a €40 million EU fund. The wells are equipped with counters. The cash paid by users supports the cost of maintenance of the water wells, pipes and tanks that were set up by the EU, thus supporting the long-term sustainability of this project. This project has had a positive impact on the health and economic development of villages like Sasandenge, where solar panels and agriculture livestock are clear signs of economic prosperity. A few kilometers away, a network of 125 kilometers of new irrigation channels built with EU fund is nearly finished and will provide access to 1000 farmers and their families and also to 2500 hectares of fertile and irrigated farming land. This €28 million infrastructure project is 90% funded by the EU and other international agencies. More than a third of the Malian economy lays on farming, a sector that employs 80% of the Malian population. A similar existing network of channels irrigates 1000 hectares of farm land. The channel brings fertility to the soil and smiles on the faces of the children who use it as a pool. The EU is to sign a €225 million state building contract with Mali in Brussels on May 15th 2013, aimed at restoring constitutional order through the organisation of free and fair elections.

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00:00:00 Title : EU Cooperation with Mali : water and irrigation projects in the area of Segou, Mali. (Donor conference for development in Mali, May 15th 2013 00:00:05
00:00:05 Wide view of Niger river 00:00:04
00:00:09 Wide view of Sassandenge village, near Segou 00:00:05
00:00:14 Wide shot of people in the village, woman with buckets 00:00:04
00:00:18 Wide shot of women by a well 00:00:07
00:00:25 Woman paying for water 00:00:07
00:00:32 Close shot of water counter 00:00:06
00:00:38 Woman passing cup with water 00:00:07
00:00:45 Nana Sako, President of the women of Sassandenge serves water 00:00:07
00:00:52 Soundbite of Nana Sako, President of the women of Sasandenge :« Now, there are no illness, no diarrhea. We have drinkable water, us the women to distribute, thanks to this project of the European Union. We are very happy because we have access to a lot of drinkable water. We drink well, we can Wash our pots with drinkable water, so we send you our blessings. » 00:00:24
00:01:16 Shot of women walking in front of a EU water tank 00:00:11
00:01:27 Shot of life in the village 00:00:05
00:01:32 Shot of life in the village 00:00:03
00:01:35 Shot of solar panels in the village 00:00:04
00:01:39 Travelling shot of shelter of workers in the surroundings of the village 00:00:06
00:01:45 General shot of donkeys grazing 00:00:05
00:01:50 General shot of fallow field 00:00:10
00:02:00 General shot of irrigation dam 00:00:06
00:02:06 Shot of the map of the irrigation project 00:00:10
00:02:16 Shot of Badian Traore, head of M’Bewani’s agriculture chamber, Mali’s EU delegation’s chargé d’affaires Betrand Soret and other officials. 00:00:06
00:02:22 Soundbite of Badian Traore, head of M’Bewani’s agriculture chamber (in French) : « We stand here today proudly as we will irrigate 2500 hectares of land for the local population. This will increase the production and increase people’s revenue. We are proud of this ! » 00:00:16
00:02:38 Shot of Betrand Soret, Chargé d’Affaires of EU delegation in Mali talking to Malian expert and official 00:00:05
00:02:43 Soundbite of Bertrand Soret, Chargé d’Affaires of EU délégation in Mali (in English) : « Agriculture is one of the domains in Mali where there is a lot of potential. Mali is still striving to feed its population. You know, the climate of course is an issue but the soil is extremely fertile and with this kind of work we can give the possibility to produce even more and feed more adequately the population and to provide some revenue. 00:00:25
00:03:08 Soundbite of Bertrand Soret (close shot) :« We are going to launch what we call a state building contract so that would be state budget as it says in order to boost the finances of the transitional authorities and be able to respond to the immediate social needs. 00:00:14
00:03:22 Wide shot of channel and bridge 00:00:07
00:03:29 Children walking on the bank of the channel 00:00:06
00:03:35 Children swimming in the channel 00:00:08
00:03:43 Children swimming in the channel 00:00:07
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