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Read more about FAO in emergencies and the Ebola outbreak in West AfricaThe humanitarian situation in Mali is still extremely fragile. Given the socio-political instability, particularly in the northern region of the country, and the highest number of floods registered over a period of five years, the lives of over 3 million people have been affected. Approximately 970 000 people are severely food insecure and over 2.3 million people are moderately food insecure.

Furthermore, recent events in the Central African Republic and Northern Nigeria have placed countries such as Mali under additional pressure to absorb thousands of returning third country nationals. As a result, an estimated 453 000 people are still displaced.

Agriculture and pasture are the most important sectors for people's livelihood, representing 80 percent of the workforce. It is therefore essential for FAO to provide quality seeds, small ruminants and veterinary support to vulnerable families that have lost their assets, in order to reinforce food and nutritional security and quickly increase the resilience of the vulnerable population.

Restoring livelihoods

The Sahel crisis has led to fodder deficits, little cereal production (19 percent lower than the 2012/2013 agricultural campaign) and insufficient water for agriculture and livestock production. In order to respond to both immediate needs of the population and structural vulnerabilities, FAO is setting up market gardens with fences, as well as rehabilitating water points and irrigation infrastructure. FAO is also distributing agricultural kits, tools, improved good quality seeds and small ruminants in order for refugees and internally displaced people to restore their livelihoods. In order to ensure livestock productivity, FAO is distributing feed concentrates and multi-vitamin blocks, providing animal health support and training to pastoralists on good livestock management practices.

Increasing resilience

With the objective of increasing rehabilitation and resilience, FAO is distributing seeds, restoring vegetable production, increasing access to credit and supporting livestock breeders.

Controlling transboundary animal diseases

The FAO/ECTAD programme is based in Mali and covers the 23 countries of West and Central Africa. Its main objective is to prevent and control transboundary animal disease, as well as to assist governments in better responding to animal health emergencies.

Developing capacities

In order to increase and diversify vegetable production, FAO is training beneficiaries on improved agricultural practices and creating small market gardens. FAO is also providing nutrition education to women and children in order for them to learn how to grow, process, purchase and prepare healthier food. Furthermore, it is providing training on horticultural processing and marketing techniques. With the objective of increasing food availability in the market, FAO is supporting producers by facilitating their access to more secure market channels in order for them to trade their products.

 

More about the country

 - From 05/11/2014 To 07/11/2014 Location: Dakar, Senegal FAO's Regional Resilience, Emergency and Rehabilitation Office for West Africa/Sahel (REOWA) organises, in close collaboration with the London Royal Veterinary Collage ...read more
28/10/2014
 - Key points The agricultural productions (cereal and pulses) are expected to be lower than the five-year average in the Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal. Market cereal supply ...read more
24/10/2014
 - To improve the livelihoods of schoolchildren and their families in the freed zones of the Segou region.
22/10/2014
 - For the first time, the Government of Japan is supporting FAO’s efforts in Mali to assist food-insecure households and improve their access to food during the ...read more
20/10/2014
 - As part of its strategy to support the livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations in central Mali, FAO is undertaking a large operation of restoring aquaculture ...read more
26/09/2014
 - Key points Despite the resumption of rainfall in the region, countries along the Atlantic coast still record rainfall deficits affecting agricultural and pastoralist production. The extension of the ...read more
24/09/2014
 - In the arid Sahel region, the rainy season is a precious time of the year for cultivators. It is a crucial time also for the FAO, ...read more
27/08/2014
 - Au Mali, les évènements politiques de mai et les affrontements dans le nord ont changé la donne dans beaucoup de domaines, y compris celui de l’aide ...read more
30/07/2014
 - The United Nations are calling on the international donor community to renew a commitment to fight food insecurity. Increased efforts need to be boosted in the ...read more
25/07/2014
 - The United Nations today called on the international donor community to renew a commitment to fight hunger and food insecurity in the Sahel by protecting and ...read more
25/07/2014