WFP Mali Country Brief, March 2022


In Numbers

92 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 1.2 m cash-based transfers made

USD 105 m six-month (April-September 2022) net funding requirements

227,968 people assisted in March

Operational Updates

• In 2022, WFP plans to cover the immediate food security needs of 2,385,000 vulnerable people and provide an emergency nutritional response to prevent acute malnutrition to over 250,000 people, notably children aged 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women and girls (PLWG). Under activity 1, about 270,000 vulnerable internally displaced persons will be assisted for nine months (with six months of full rations, which will be reduced by 50 percent from the seventh to the ninth month), while 90,000 members of the host communities will receive three months of half rations.

• In March 2022, WFP’s assistance reached 227,968 people, of whom 96,138 benefited from emergency food assistance, 17,431 were assisted with prevention and treatment activities for acute malnutrition, while 114,339 children received school meals.

• During the pastoral (March-May) and agricultural (JuneAugust) lean seasons, WFP will also assist vulnerable pastoral and agricultural households for three and four months respectively to complement Government’s distributions. WFP plans to assist 1.2 million people during the lean season from June to September in complement to the Government and other partners’ responses.

• In 2022, WFP’s unconditional and shock-responsive social safety nets will target 375,000 persons, starting from the agricultural lean season, as part of WFP’s contribution to the Government’s national plan. In collaboration with other United Nations agencies, WFP also supports vulnerable communities by providing an integrated resilience package in 20 convergence communes, mostly across the northern and central regions of the country.

• In March, WFP Mali received USD 7.1 million climate risk insurance payout from the African Risk Capacity (ARC)
Replica, which will help support 204,000 people in drought-stricken areas such as Bandiagara, Gao, Kayes, and Segou. A portion of this payout helps provide emergency food assistance to 101,000 drought-affected people in the north and centre regions during WFP's response to the pre-lean season from March to May 2022.
Moreover, 23,000 additional people will benefit from activities to build community assets such as pastoral wells, water towers, and fishponds, which will help diversify their production and livelihoods and mitigate the impact of future rainfall deficits. WFP and the Government’s response plans have been jointly prepared and will be implemented in a coordinated manner to achieve significant results.