Mali: In the face of drought, WFP works to ward off malnutrition

During the lean season, when food from the last harvest begins to run out, levels of malnutrition can nearly double. Any added stress during these difficult months can further threaten the health of already-vulnerable people. In Mali, WFP is working hard to make sure a grim situation does not get worse.

Overview

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. 

According to a March 2014 analysis, at that time, more than 1.5 million people were currently in food insecurity in Mali. During the lean season (June through October), this number is expected to increase to 1.9 million people— meaning that 40% of people in the North of the country will have trouble finding their next meal.

Interactive Map

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