WFP Mali Country Brief, March 2017
The latest results of the Cadre Harmonisé show a marked deterioration of the food security situation.
Some 601, 000 people are estimated to be in urgent need of food assistance compared to 425,000 in 2016. More than half of them are in conflict affected areas where they suffered from localised droughts in the north as well as excessive flooding in the central part of Mali combined with widespread insecurity.
Despite significant contributions were received, WFP still faces a critical funding shortfall of USD 12.5 million for life-saving activities. Resource gaps may force WFP to reduce rations or number of people assisted.
Following February 2017 Food and Nutrition Security Assessment, the Cadre Harmonisé analysis was completed and validated at the national and regional level in March. It confirmed that 380,000 people are already in critical need of food assistance despite the harvest period. This number will increase to 601,000 people during the upcoming pastoral and agro-pastoral lean season (June-September). Overall some 3.8 million people are estimated to be food insecure at different levels of severity during this period.
WFP assisted 174,889 people in March through in-kind food and value voucher distributions for emergency support to displaced persons, school meals, seasonal support to pastoral communities, malnutrition prevention and treatment, and community asset creation. WFP also conducted activities to support small-scale either small-scale or smallholder farmers.
Due to the early start of pastoral lean season and conflict-related displacement of population, WFP assisted 115,000 persons including 45,000 displaced persons, facing high food insecurity in the northern and centre of the country in March. Due to funding shortfall, WFP was unable to address the needs of all the pastoral communities facing an early lean season and prioritized emergency food assistance to displaced persons.
Data on nutrition as per the September 2016 Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions (SMART) survey estimates national prevalence of Global Acute Malnutrition at 10.6—which is considered as ‘critical’ according to World Health Organization’s thresholds. In Gao and Timbuktu regions such rates are even higher at 14.8 and 14.3 percent, respectively.