A rice farmer explains how NEF helped his village build dams.

Allaye Kalite, rice farmer from Korianze, Mali. "NEF noticed our [water] pumps weren't strong enough. They asked if we were willing to develop the area. That's how we started to build our dams. We didn't always have this quality cereal, NEF brought it to us. One year ago NEF gave us what we needed to help ourselves. Even if they had to leave, we'd still be able to control the water, manage the fertilizer, and produce all the rice we need. Last year, each rice paddy produced 32 sacks of rice per hectare. I am proud to say this year they will produce 80 sacks."

Photo Credit: Near East Foundation