Mali: Humanitarian Bulletin, February - March 2017

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 31 Mar 2017


  • One in five Malians will be food insecure during the lean season

  • Central Mali : more schools are closing due to security threats

  • Motorcycle bans affect people’s access to basic social services

  • ‘Alarming’ lack of access to water in Menaka rural areas

3.8 million people affected by food insecurity

According to the latest estimates from the Cadre Harmonisé analysis of March 20171, more than 3.8 million people will be in need in terms of food security during the lean period from June to August 2017. Among them, More than 600,000 people will be in a "crisis" or "emergency" situation (phases 3 and 4 according to the IPC nomenclature for CILSS countries) and 3.2 million people will be "under stress" (phase 2). These data indicate a deterioration of the situation compared to last year, with nearly one million additional people in need this year.

The displacement of populations and insecurity worsens food insecurity. Nearly two thirds of people in food crisis and emergency are in volatile and conflict-affected areas: Gao, Menaka, Timbuktu, Taoudenit, Kidal, Mopti and northern Ségou. Significant floods last year and early lean season in pastoral areas have also affected crops and livestock (cattle, sheep and goats) and exacerbate the phenomenon of population displacements and the risks of inter-community conflicts.

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