In mid-May, a surge in violence in the north of Mali, particularly in the region of Kidal, led to the temporary displacement of thousands of people; further complicating an already difficult situation for vulnerable people in the area.
In spite of ongoing hostilities and the fact that NGOs have been pulling staff from the region, WFP has continued to get food and nutritional support to vulnerable people in Gao and Kidal every month since March of 2013 –and continues to do so today.
Even at the best of times, people in Mali struggle to find enough to eat. Seventy percent of Malian households rely on farming to feed their families – a perilous situation when crops are at the mercy of erratic weather and infestations. What’s more, harvested food often won’t last because people lack proper storage techniques.
With the approach of the lean season, WFP had already planned to increase distributions in the Kidal region. Following the recent clashes, WFP further increased its caseload to account for 4,000 displaced people and is now delivering provisions to 31,000 people, up from 20,000 in April.
WFP-Mali’s Emergency Operation, which provides food and nutritional support to the most vulnerable and conflict-affected people in Mali’s North, is facing a significant funding shortfall. At just one-third funded, WFP was forced to make the difficult choice to cut food rations in order to reach as many people as possible.
Thanks to generous contributions from donors, as of June, 2014, WFP has been able to raise rations back to normal levels in time for the lean season.
Without further funding, this situation will not be sustainable for long.
A very big thank you to all of our donors!
Because of your generous contributions, WFP gets food in the hands of families who are fleeing violence as well as those returning home. We’re also able to ensure that children who are able to return to school, do so with full stomachs and alert minds.
Top five donors to WFP’s Emergency Operation in Mali for 2014:
- The United States
- The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO)
- The United Kingdom