From September 25 to 27, the USAID/Mali Director Gary Juste embarked on a series of certifications of the first villages that reached the Open Defecation Free status, an innovative water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASHplus led by FHI 360) approach funded by the United States Government via USAID and implemented through CARE International and two Malian NGOs (YAG-TU and Sahel Eco). For reaching Open Defecation Free status, three villages in Mopti region in the northern half of the country that are also priority for USAID's Feed the Future and Global Health initiatives, were recognized: Allaye-Daga (Commune of Sio), Wendeguele (commune of Dandoli) and Kanikombole (Commune of Kani-Bonzo).
The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Signature Event, "Investing in Women for Peace and Prosperity" provided meaningful discussion on improving gender equality and female empowerment in Africa. Dr. Jill Biden's comments included stories about women she met on her recent trip to Africa and their perseverance in the face of medical issues, sexual violence, cost of higher education and conflict. Ambassador Samantha Power posed thoughtful questions and reinforced U.S. commitment to gender issues.
Despite the challenges in 2012 due to the political instability and food insecurity, many important results were achieved.
Mali’s Feed the Future strategy will launch a new generation of rural entrepreneurs through the development of agricultural and health systems , the introduction of technological innovations and by building institutional capacity to spur a private sector-led approach to sustainably reduce poverty and hunger in Mali.
Like much of the Sahel, Mali is subject to frequent droughts and experiences a significant variability in annual rainfall. Climate change is expected to increase local temperatures, the variability of rainfall, and the magnitude of extreme weather events. With more than 80 percent of Mali’s population dependent on agriculture for their livelihood, which is predominantly rainfed, they are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Last updated: August 19, 2015