Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Mali

December 18, 2014

Food Security Situation

Map of Mali
CIA World Factbook
  • Ranked 182 out of 187 countries in the 2013 United Nations Development Program Human Development Index, Mali is considered the fifth poorest country in the world.  Bordering the Sahara Desert in the North, Mali faces high chronic malnutrition and child mortality rates, low literacy and education levels, inadequate social and public services, and poor public infrastructure.

  • The 2011 drought and the civil unrest and violence in 2012-2013 exacerbated these difficult living conditions in the country, particularly in the northern regions of Gao, Tombouctou and Kidal.  

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) targets food-insecure Malians nationwide though partnerships with the UN World Food Program (WFP), Mercy Corps, Near East Foundation, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Save the Children, and ACTED. 

  • In response to 2012-2013 civil conflict in Mali, FFP partner WFP provides emergency food assistance to vulnerable and conflict-affected populations throughout the country via direct food distribution and cash transfers. With FFP support, WFP is purchasing part of its food locally and regionally to strengthen local and regional markets and economies.

  • FFP supports CRS, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, Near East Foundation, and ACTED to implement a broad range of community development strategies aimed at improving household food security and resilience to shocks, including training on proper infant and young child feeding practices, building community capacity to manage water resources more effectively, and investing in low-cost, environmentally sustainable agriculture and natural resource management techniques. FFP, through these partners, also provides cash transfers and food vouchers to improve household access to staple foods. 

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $35.8 million 18,989 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $37.9 million 20,853 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $35.3 million 20,467 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $10.1 million 2,340 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $10.2 million 6,450 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
TItle II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $20.2 million 11,080 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $15.6 million 7,909 MT

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP as of December 2014
FY 2014 contribution based on funds obligated as of September 2014

Last updated: January 23, 2015

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