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Mali: Recovery is hampered by poverty and food insecurity

The problem is, Alousseini says, she can't afford to buy the ingredients. "I know this would improve my children's nutrition, but I don't have the means to buy this kind of food for my family," she explains in Tamashek, the language of her Tuareg ethnic group. "Usually I feed my children rice. With no vegetables and no meat. It's all I can afford."

Mali recovery hampered by poverty and food insecurity

"Alousseini – whose two youngest children are malnourished and receiving sachets of Plumpy'nut at the centre from the World Food Programme (WFP) and Action Contre la Faim (ACF) – has a personal story that embodies much of the history of Mali's conflict. Driven from Gao long before the war by poverty and food shortages, she and her family moved to Benghazi in Libya, where her husband found work."

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Months after a military coup jolted the West African nation of Mali, lives still hang in the balance due to undernutrition and instability. Or as New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof put it in his July 6th installment, “Many Malians are always on the edge of starvation, and the fighting and insecurity have pushed some over the brink.”

A Year After Crisis in the Sahel, Key Challenges Remain

Since the 2012 hunger crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, conditions have improved but an estimated 11.3 million people remain threatened by hunger and 1.5 million are at risk of acute malnutrition. International support for the humanitarian response has been unprecedented but remains insufficient.

Crisis in Mali: Thousands Flee to Mauritania

As violence in northern Mali continues, people afraid for their safety are taking refuge in the neighboring country of Mauritania. Many of them fled with nothing, leaving their belongings and livestock behind. Without access to milk and meat from livestock, an alarming number of refugees are suffering from malnutrition.

WFP continues hunger relief in war-torn Mali (Photos)

"The UN World Food Programme (WFP), in a report released today, says its emergency operation in Mali intends to feed 564,000 people. WFP's director, Ertharin Cousin, visited Mali last week and is urging the international community not to forget the drought and war devastated nation. Critical to WFP's strategy is aid to small children and mothers who are most vulnerable to malnutrition. Health centers have been set up in part of Northern Mali, a region which suffered through a conflict between the government and rebel groups.

Crisis in Mali: Half a Million Lives Hang in the Balance

Conflict in Mali continues to threaten the safety and livelihoods of nearly half a million citizens who have fled violence in the nation’s north. Displaced people face food shortages in the wake of devastating droughts, rising food prices, and very limited means to produce food for themselves. The populous city of Gao has become all but a ghost town. 

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"Action Against Hunger reports that Gao has seen a price increase of 38% on millet, 31% on rice and 25% on cooking oil in recent months. The NGO is concerned that the increased isolation of the North will impact on access to much needed food and humanitarian supplies. Action Against Hunger's country director in Mali, Franck Vannetelle, says: 'Everyone in Gao is talking about the food shortages and people are extremely worried. This new phase of conflict is adding to the fragility of the population and the worst is still to come.

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The ongoing conflict in Mali has restricted access to food from the nation’s north, increased food prices, and diminished the resources needed to purchase that food, reports Helena Valencia, an Action Against Hunger Emergency Coordinator currently working in Mali.

Aid groups mull expanding in northern Mali

"Relief groups are considering resuming or expanding their operations in northern Mali after French and Malian troops took key towns from militant Islamists who controlled the region for nine months. Insecurity in the north during this period disrupted and restricted aid operations and also prevented free movement of the local population. 'The problem of access was double-edged. Many people who were being treated for malnutrition could not get to the health centres while health workers could not reach them.


About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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