[(The World Forum for Food Sovereignty (WFFS) will take place in the countryside, at Sélingué, a village 1:45 hours away from Bamako, near a hydroelectric dam on the river Sankarani, an affluent of the Niger, close to the border with Guinea.)] [*This choice was made to allow the debate on food and agriculture to take place in a rural and agricultural context. *] It’s a political choice which aims to show the coherence between the proposals for food sovereignty and the means necessary to achieve it. The CNOP and its different member organisations have always carried out their big meetings in the countryside. They want to use this opportunity to show the daily realities of Mali. Sélingué, situated near a hydroelectric dam, offers guaranteed uninterrupted electricity supply year round.
The choice of Sélingué will require infrastructure work to house the 600 participants in the best possible conditions.
The hotel at Sélingué is made up of 23 bungalows that can house 200 people. The rest of the participants will be housed in huts that will be built for the event, and which will thereafter be used by the Malian organisations and by the CNOP as a training centre. Some of the huts will be built with traditional material and techniques. The others, around fifty of them, will be built with more durable materials to increase their useful life. They will be used by the organisations in Mali, who will thus have a centre where they can carry out training activities and meetings.
The village of Sélingué already has half a dozen rooms which are large enough to hold workshops of around sixty people. A light structure capable of holding 600 people for the plenary sessions will be built with local materials. The CNOP and its member organisations are charged with the preparation of all the infrastructure necessary to the successful realisation of the World Forum for Food Sovereignty.