Mali: WFP Helps Get Children Back To School After Conflict

In Northern Mali, a lot more children are finishing the school year than started it. This is in part thanks to WFP School Meals, with funding from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO).


A landlocked Sahelian country, Mali is one of the least developed and most food insecure countries in the world. It is currently ranked 182 on the UN Human Development Index—6th lowest in the world. According to a March 2014 analysis, more than 1.5 million people are currently in food insecurity in Mali. With the approach of the lean season, this number is expected to increase to 1.9 million people—11% of the country’s population. The nutrition situation is also worrying: this year, an estimated 660,000 children across the country are believed to be at risk of acute malnutrition.


Interactive Map

Explore WFP's operation in Mali with this interactive map.