This operation has been modified as per budget revision 3 (see below)
Mali is recovering from the pastoral crisis, drought and political instability of recent years, which exacerbated food insecurity, eroded coping capacities and weakened the resilience of vulnerable populations. The security situation in northern Mali remains volatile; renewed clashes could again trigger population movements, disrupt livelihoods and create protection risks.
Food insecurity affects 1.5 million people who have exhausted traditional coping mechanisms and require humanitarian assistance, food and nutrition support and early-recovery activities to restore livelihoods.
Working with partners, this operation will assist 1.1 million beneficiaries in vulnerable communities each year; it will maintain emergency-response capacity, protect beneficiaries and promote women’s participation. WFP will address the needs of other food-insecure populations through advocacy and capacity augmentation.
People affected by conflict, disaster or seasonal stress will be assisted with food, specialized nutritional products, vouchers or cash; undernutrition will be addressed through blanket and targeted supplementary feeding programmes for children and pregnant and lactating women. Asset creation and rehabilitation will support recovery. Local purchases will increase market access for smallholder farmers. Nutritious fortified foods will be provided as a safety net for vulnerable primary schoolchildren to address short-term food insecurity and reduce micronutrient deficiencies. The operation links crisis response, asset creation, access to markets and human capital development in communities vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity.
This operation, designed in consultation with all stakeholders, is aligned with Strategic Objectives 1, 2 and 4 and Millennium Development Goals 1 and 4. It implements the country strategy and is aligned with the 2015–2019 United Nations Development Assistance Framework/Integrated Strategic Framework and national policies and programmes.
This BR 3 provides for the use of cash-based transfers in place of commodity-based assistance in the school meals programme; under this approach, food commodities will be purchased locally by the educational authorities at the local level, and managed at the school level by local school management committee including representatives of the local community and school administrators.