Caisses de résilience in Mali: Promoting women’s empowerment and improving nutrition for vulnerable households through an integrated approach

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Key facts

Location: Mali, Mopti region (district of Bandiagara)
Target group: 3 000 vulnerable households from 64 villages
Gender: Women represent 50% of the participants of the programme, which specifically supports women's communication and leadership skills
Nutrition: Improving nutrition is a central objective of the programme, with production, training and awareness- raising activities
Governance: Reinforcing local authorities for improved governance and coordination and increased collective impact at the local level
Partnership: Ongoing collaboration with WFP and UNICEF at field level

In Mali, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is implementing the “Caisses de Résilience” approach with a strong focus on nutrition to support 3 000 vulnerable households in 64 villages in the Mopti region (district of Bandiagara).
The three-year programme, launched in February 2015, aims to improve nutrition, the empowerment of women and livelihoods resilience of agropastoral households vulnerable to food insecurity, through an integrated set of productive, social, nutritional and financial interventions. Ò approach In Mali, training and capacity development of producers through the Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and Agro Pastoral Field and Life Schools (APFLS) are at the heart of the programme. Technical support is provided by a multidisciplinary team composed of agriculture, livestock, health and social development experts who assist men and women farmers through a “School without Walls,” a participatory platform for exchange and dialogue which allows members to learn by observation and direct experimentation in their own fields and households.
The programme is implemented by FAO in partnership with local authorities, community leaders, a local NGO (GAAS Mali) and Government technical services, as well as in close collaboration with WFP and UNICEF as part of a joint action plan to strengthen synergies and complementarity of their interventions in the same villages. Through this collaboration, the same communities bene t from an integrated support package in terms of food, production and access to basic services (water, health, education, nutrition). Joint missions of the three agencies take place regularly.
Targeting of beneficiaries is based on economical and food security criteria (using the Household Economy Approach - HEA1), combined with nutrition and anthropometric criteria. The baseline survey also includes a qualitative study on nutrition and food consumption behaviors.