Mali: Nutrition Profile

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  • Mali

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  • Population

    19 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    3.46 Million

  • % Stunting

    27% Of Children Under 5

  • % Wasting

    9% Of Children Under 5

Photo credit: Ryan Vroegindewey/USAID

Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policymakers in Mali, where 27 percent of children under five years of age are stunted (have low height-for-age), and 9 percent are acutely malnourished or wasted (have low weight-for-height) (INSTAT et al. 2019).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

The following USAID programs with a focus on nutrition are active (ongoing) in Mali. The U.S. Government selected Mali as one of 12 Feed the Future target countries for focused investment under the U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy. Due to the country’s security situation, Mali’s Feed the Future Initiative focuses on 113 communes in Sikasso, Mopti, and Tombouctou, and two communes in Segou. To help reduce poverty and stunting in children under five, the strategy includes strategic investments in strengthening targeted value chains; addressing high levels of malnutrition and low dietary diversity; improving the enabling environment for agricultural trade and investment; and working on behavior and practices related to nutrition feeding and building capacity among farmers, the private sector, civil society, and public institutions.

  • Feed the Future Agriculture Production Activities
  • Feed the Future Market System Activities
  • Health Systems Strengthening Activity: Keneya Sinsi Wale
  • Household and Community Health Activity: Keneya Nieta
  • MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience (MIHR): Improved Health Services and Systems in the North of Mali
  • MOMENTUM Private Healthcare Delivery (MPHD)
  • New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) Expand/Child Survival
  • Resilience and Food Security Activity: Albarka


For more information, read the Mali country profile [PDF, 190KB].

Last updated: August 20, 2021

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