Drissa Diakité is an agriculture expert with over 23 years of experience managing projects in Mali. He has extensive knowledge of agricultural subsectors, including animal health, pastoral infrastructure, irrigation systems, rainfed crops, soil health, and cereal storage. He has strengthened producer organizations, linking them to markets, and supported community management of agro-pastoral infrastructure. He has delivered results in fragile contexts, developed nutrition-sensitive strategies, and has experience promoting gender equity and social inclusion.
He currently serves as Technical Director; Nutrition Integration Advisor for the Feed the Future Sɛnɛ Yiriwa (Prosperous Agriculture) Activity, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. In this role, he supports the technical management of the activity, the integration of nutrition into the implementation, and the management of the Sikasso Office. Mr. Diakité is passionate about the implementation of approaches to strengthen the economic power of vulnerable groups in the Sahel, including climate-sensitive activities with a view to improving livelihoods in the context of the development of agro-silvopastoral value chains and production profitability.
Mr. Diakité has accumulated extensive experience in the management of natural resources and specializes in the promotion of smart agricultural technologies. His work has also focused on poor and vulnerable groups (including women and young people) in the context of decentralization, conflict management, and protection of human rights. Mr. Diakité is fluent in French, Bambara, and Malinké.