Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Mali

May 12, 2014

Food Security Situation

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  • 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 168,823 food-insecure Malians nationwide, though partnerships with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), Mercy Corps, Near East Foundation, and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). 

  • 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, cash transfers, and food vouchers. With FFP support, WFP is purchasing part of its food locally and regionally to strengthen local and regional markets and economies.

  • FFP supports CRS to implement a broad range of community development strategies aimed at improving household food security and resilience to shocks. A few of these strategies include training caregivers of children under two in appropriate 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. 

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $28.6 million 11,080 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 $22.5 million 11,080 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $6.1 million ----

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

Last updated: December 18, 2014

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