75 Km from Bamako, in Keniekoroba, convicts of the penitentiary centers of the region, cultivate 30 hectares (70 acres) of farmland. This project of penitentiary fields contribute to improving the nutrition of convicts and their detention conditions, it also eases their future reintegration in the society.
ICRC, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice of Mali, provides since two years, a financial and technical support to this project. Under the supervision of the agronomists of ICRC and thanks to the donation of seeds, fertilizer, herbicides and farm implements, the 30 hectares (75 acres) now produce corn, niébé beans and peanut.
Two convicts start their working day in the Niébé fields.
Niébé, this bean originally from Western Africa, grows on 05 hectares (12.5 acres) of the penitentiary fields.
In Keniekoroba, they also plant a few mango trees to enhance the anchoring of the other plants in the soil.
Corn Production, the most important one, reaches up to 20 hectares (50 acres).
An agronomist from ICRC and the Head of the penitentiary center monitor the quality of the corn plants.
Beginning of the harvest with the symbolic stroke of machete of the Director of the Regional Penitentiary Centers of Koulikoro.
Because Crops need water, the ICRC also provided an elevated storage tank connected to solar panels systems for electricity.
The water supply to irrigate the 30 hectares (75 acres) of the penitentiary center of Keniekoroba.