Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Mali

May 14, 2015

Food Security Situation

Map of Mali
CIA World Factbook
  • Ranked 176 out of 187 countries in the 2014 United Nations Development Program Human Development Index, Mali is considered one of the poorest countries 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.

  • Civil conflict in 2012-2014 exacerbated these difficult living conditions, especially in the north, and spurred massive displacement. While 2014 saw the return of some IDPs back to the north, continued instability has led to a slow return of access to public services. According to UNHCR, there are still approximately 86,000 internally displaced persons in Mali. In 2015, UNICEF expects an estimated 136,000 children to be acutely malnourished.

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 2012-2014 civil conflict in Mali, FFP partners with WFP to provide 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 to strengthen local 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. These projects provide training on proper infant and young child feeding practices, build community capacity to manage water resources more effectively, and invest 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 2015 $24.7 million 13,646 MT
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 2015 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
TItle II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $19.7 million 9,060 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $5.0 million 4,586 MT

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP as of May 2015
FY 2015 contribution based on funds obligated to date

Country Specific Information

FY 2015 Mali Country Specific Information

2015 Mali BEST Analysis 

2015 Mali BEST Analysis Annexes

USAID Office of Food for Peace Food Security Desk Review for Mali, FY 2015—FY 2019

Last updated: May 14, 2015

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