Little Boy Back At Play As WFP Helps Rebuild Lives In Northern Mali

As displaced people and refugees start to voluntarily return to northern Mali, the World Food Programme is scaling up its operations to help rebuild livelihoods while also responding to immediate food and nutritional needs. Saouda Salihou, who returned to Gao with her young family, explains why this assistance is vital.


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: in the south of the country, nearly 4 in 10 children under the age of five are chronically malnourished, while 1 in 4 is underweight.

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Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries0
Beneficiary needs (mt)170,073
Beneficiary needs ($US)275,947,794