WFP has been supporting vulnerable people in Mali since 1964.
Mali is currently experiencing a sustained but fragile recovery from the series of shocks that occurred over the past three years - a pastoral crisis in 2010, a drought in 2011 and the political and security crisis in 2012 and 2013.
Over the past 2 years, WFP’s activities in Mali have largely focused on an emergency response to the security crisis in the north.
Currently, WFP’s provides support to people in Mali through two main operations: the Emergency Operation (EMOP) and the Country Programme (CP).
The Emergency Operation (EMOP)
As part of its emergency operation, WFP supports food-insecure people in the north of the country who are recovering from the recent conflict.
WFP assists these people through the following activities:
food and cash assistance to vulnerable families;
nutritionally-enriched food for women and children to prevent acute malnutrition;
protein-rich supplements to treat moderate acute malnutrition; and
free school meals to tackle child hunger and malnutrition and attract children to school.
The Country Programme
The CP is designed to complement the Government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper and has five components, which aim to:
Tackle child hunger and malnutrition and attract children to school through school meals;
Improve Mali’s food security system by supporting Government structures;
Prevent and treat malnutrition in children and pregnant and breastfeeding women by providing nutritionally-enriched food rations and supplements; and
Increase vulnerable households’ access to food by paying able-bodied individuals to work on projects that contribute to their community’s future ability to prevent, withstand and recover from future shocks.
Purchase for Progress
WFP is also working to connect Malian farmers to markets through the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative.
In Mali, P4P aims to increase the income of small-scale farmers, especially women, by helping them learn how to grow and sell more. To achieve this, WFP buys directly from farmers’ organizations, providing small farmers with a large market they can count on.
Through P4P, WFP-Mali is currently working with 12 farmers’ organizations, representing 19,432 members, 48% of which are women.