Mali, October 2012

Severe drought caused by failure and uneven distribution of rainfall and prolonged dry spells in 2011 led to a delayed planting season, resulting in a sharp drop in agricultural production and reduced food availability.  About 4.6 million people are currently estimated to be at risk of food insecurity in Mali due to the food and nutritional crisis and the crisis in the North.  Internally displaced persons (IDPs), due to conflict, are estimated at 173,950 across the country (Protection Cluster, August 2012) and Malians having taken refuge in neighbouring countries are estimated at 261,624 (OCHA bulletin 14 August). WFP is intervening in the eight regions of Mali with the implementation of food assistance, nutritional and resilience building interventions.

Ambidedi (about 50 km from Kayes)

WFP in Mali aims to reach 229,250 beneficiaries trough prevention of moderate acute malnutrition for children 6-23 months and for pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and 93,220 beneficiaries for treatment of moderate acute malnutrition children 6-59 months and PLW.

The programme delivers supplementary food depending on different the nurtirional status:

Prevention of moderate acute malnutrition for children 6-23 months. Beneficiary children receive satchets of Plumpy’Sup (46g/day) for 250 kcal/pers/day.

Prevention of moderate acute malnutrition for pregnant and lactating women. Beneficiary women receive oil (20g/day) and supercereal (250/day for ) for 1,200 kcal/pers/day.

Treatment of moderate acute malnutrition for children 6-59 months. Beneficiary children receive Plumpy’Sup (92g/day) for 500 kcal/pers/day.

Treatment of moderate acute malnutrition for pregnant and lactating women. Beneficiary women receive oil (20g/day) and supercereal (250/day) for 1,200 kcal/pers/day.

In addition to the prevention programmes WFP is also implementing Food For Work projects aimed and repairing infrastructure such as roads and bridges as well as re-foresting barren lands, re-claiming land for agriculture and constructing dams for the conservation of water for crops and livestock.

Photographs: WFP/Rein Skullerud