Food Helps Malians Get Through Conflict
At a school in the northern Mali town of Mopti, children uprooted from their homes by conflict line up to receive a nutritious lunch. WFP is providing school meals to over 28,000 displaced children in Mali to prevent them from falling victim to malnutrition as they wait to return home.
School meals are an important part of WFP’s emergency response to the conflict in Mali. They give children like these an added reason to attend school while providing them with the calories and nutrition they need to be healthy.
WFP is assisting another 113,000 children at schools in southern Mali, many of which host children displaced from the northern part of the country
Since the beginning of the conflict in Mali, WFP has provided food assistance to more than 335,000 people displaced from their homes, including refugees in neighboring countries.
With the beginning of the lean season--the period between harvests when families are at greatest risk of running out of food--WFP will continue to scale-up assistance. WFP plans to assist some 517,000 people in Mali by the end of May.
Supporting long-term solutions to hunger in Mali is another important part of WFP’s response to the crisis. In this image, women learn advanced composting methods that will help to boost their vegetable crops. WFP provides them with food while they take part in the project, which is funded by the European Union.
In the village of Nara, in southern Mali, WFP is providing, through EU funded resilience project, food to families taking part in a traditional well-digging that will provide water for drinking and irrigation
In addition to conflict, Mali has also been hit by frequent droughts, which have struck with increasing severity as a result of climate change. A project funded by the EU and supported by WFP has helped to reforest nearly 400 acres of land with trees called "moringa".