Food Coalition

Inputs from HiHi-FAO Mali to the corporate umbrella programme for COVID-19 respons

For many rural households in Mali, the impacts of COVID-19 affect the price of imported basic goods (e.g. rice, oil, milk, sugar and pasta), agricultural labor, inputs supply, and selling price of production. Projections point to a decrease of 15 to 20% income from the livestock sector. A total of 42% of pastoral populations reports having reduced their movements since May, and 56% a stagnation or reduction of their animal sales (ACF, 2020). The fall in cotton prices observed, -17.1% (Boursorama, 2020) over the last 3 months, risks damaging the income of the nearly 0.2 million farms (UNCTAD, 2020). The loss of temporary jobs from the Malian diaspora has resulted in an abrupt halt in money transfers.

A recent survey conducted in May 2020 reports that 2/3 of households indicate that cash transfers have declined since the onset of the health crisis while they represent usually up to 40% of some households' net income (IFAD, 2015). The pandemic will amplify existing inequalities, of class, ability, age and gender and more than 70,000 additional households will be severely food insecure.

FAO launched a USD10 million COVID-19 response plan in Mali to ensure emergency food production for 65,000 households affected, support to key rural micro-enterprises an assess and analyze food-security and socio-economic impact and opportunities

Priority Areas of work: Other
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
Level: Country
Country: Mali
Budget: USD 350 000 to USD 500 000

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