The simplicity of the mango business is a problem. Mali is one of West Africa’s biggest producers, with around 1.2m sq km under cultivation – 50% of which is exported.
But in years when the rains are poor the mangos are scarce, and in years of plenty the fruit rots on the trees or is eaten by animals.
“Of course there is waste, and the price falls when we have too many mangos. We need to get better organised, and look further than Sibi for markets," says local official Dioma Doumbia.