10 Things Everyone Should Know About Hunger In Mali

Here are ten facts that shed light on the hunger situation in Mali, a country which is struggling to emerge from a series of concurrent crises. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing these important facts on Twitter. 

1) Despite Mali’s steady emergence from the crises of recent years, 2.5 million Malians still struggle to feed themselves and their families. In 2015, WFP aims to support 1.1 million people across the country.

2) 315,000 people are in severe need of food assistance. WFP provides assistance to these vulnerable communities through food, cash and vouchers.

3) WFP is working with communities to build resilience to climate shocks by supporting projects such as construction of dams, ponds, and other infrastructure.

4) Three out of 10Malian children under 2 are chronically malnourished. WFP’s nutrition programmes across Mali aim to address this problem.

5) In Mali, four out of every five children, and more than half of the country’s women are anemic. By providing the right food at the right time to pregnant women, new mothers and children, WFP is working to reduce malnutrition and break the intergenerational cycle of hunger. 

6) Mali used to have a drought every 10-15 years. But climate change has created a new normal – in the last decade alone, there have been three.

7) WFP is helping to improve food security in Mali by supporting local farmers’ organizations to increase their income. In 2014, WFP bought 6000 MT of food from smallholder farmers in Mali. 

8) Heavy conflict in Mali in 2012- 2013 uprooted hundreds of thousands of people. As of October 2015, there are still 139,000 Malian refugees in neighbouring countries and 62,000 people displaced within the country in need of assistance. Large areas of northern Mali remain unstable. Armed groups control large areas and banditry and criminality are rife. 

9) WFP Mali buys an average of 30 percent of its food locally - surpassing the global WFP goal of ten percent. In 2014, this contributed US$18 million to the local economy.

10) In 2015, WFP will help alleviate child malnutrition and improve access to education by providing school meals to 162,000 children in Mali. This is often their only meal of the day.

Learn more about hunger and malnutrition from WFP's comprehensive list of Facts About Hunger and Malnutrition.