WFP Mali Country Brief, October 2017



• Preliminary results of the National Food and Nutrition Survey (ENSAN) 2017 indicate that one in four people are food insecure in Mali. The food security situation has particularly deteriorated in the conflict-affected regions of Kidal, Timbuktu and Mopti and remains high in Gao.

• Long-term collaboration in the field of social protection between WFP and the Ministry of Solidary and Humanitarian Action is now formalized with a memorandum of understanding signed in October 2017.

• SMART survey preliminary results show that more than 1 in 10 children suffers from global acute malnutrition (GAM) in Mali. GAM prevalence has reached critical levels in Timbuktu and Gao.

Operational Updates

In line with the national response plan (PNR), WFP distributed food to 260,000 food-insecure people during the lean season and until September 2017. An additional 30,000 newly displaced persons received WFP’s emergency assistance in the process of the Rapid Response Mechanism.
WFP is pursuing food assistance for more than 100,000 vulnerable persons in conflict-affected northern Mali who remain food insecure beyond the lean season.
WFP supports the Government of Mali to implement effective social protection, which is a crucial link between humanitarian action and development. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Solidarity and Humanitarian Action and WFP in October, formalizing their collaboration initiated several years ago. WFP also supported the national conference on social protection held in Bamako from 24 to 26 October 2017.
The nutrition component of the national social protection programme called “Jigisemejiri” was launched in October. Recognizing WFP expertise in supply chain management, the Government signed a USD 2.7 million contract with WFP to purchase and make available the preventive nutritional package to be distributed in 20 communes of the country over a period of one year.
The 2017/18 school year started in October and the school meals programme resumed from early October for around 114,000 schoolchildren.
WFP organized and actively participated in the official celebrations and several events across the country for World Food Day and UN Day.
Results of the SMART survey show stable global acute malnutrition prevalence at national level (10.7 percent), but regional rates are near or above the emergency threshold in Timbuktu and Gao. Final reports of the national survey on nutrition and food security (ENSAN), and the results of the Cost of Hunger survey will be soon released. The Zero Hunger Review is still ongoing.