• In December 2020, the Food Security cluster estimated that 4.7 million people in Mali will be affected by food insecurity in 2021, while the people in need of humanitarian food assistance in 2021 is estimated at 2.2 million. The Food Security cluster members will target 1.7 million people, representing 80 percent of the people in need under the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan.
• Under its emergency programme, WFP responded to the immediate needs of 363,000 vulnerable people, including internally displaced persons (IDPs), people economically affected by the impact of COVID-19, vulnerable people in IDP host communities and flood-affected people in the northern and central regions of Mali.
• As part of its efforts to improve local food production in Mali, WFP is supporting 14 local food transformation units identified in Koulikoro, Mopti and Timbuktu regions. In December 2020, a flour fortification unit was installed in Timbuktu. Another unit is under preparation in Mopti, central Mali.
• On 11 December, the WFP-supported modules for the “Nutrition in School” initiative were technically validated under the leadership of the Ministry of Education. This initiative will be rolled-out in 2021 with the objective of raising awareness of school children, teachers and parents on best feeding practices and essential family practices to improve nutrition.
• WFP continued to support the Government’s COVID-19 response through the provision of its expertise in supply chain, inventory management and warehouses for the storage of medical supplies. From April to December 2020, 10,000 cubic meters of medical supplies were stored in WFP-managed warehouses, while 4,000 cubic meters were delivered to the various regions in the country.