Mali is the first national demonstration site of the project. The area considered for the development of the Sen2-Agri products is the southern part of the country, including the capital Bamako and excluding the Sahelian desert zones of the North, which represents more than 95% of the national cropland area and a total acreage of 447 948 km².
The climate is sudano-sahelian.
The main crops produced in the country are millet, sorghum, rice, maize and cotton.
The growing season extends from May/June to October/November with a field preparation period in March/April.
The field size is rather small, generally around 1.5 ha.
The coordination of the activities related to field data collection and product assessment over the Malian site is ensured by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in coordination with the Institut d’Économie Rurale (IER – Rural Development Institute) and the Cellule de Planification et de Statistiques (CPS – Planning and Statistics Office), both organisations being attached to the Ministry of Agriculture of Mali.