Project profile — Strengthening the Nutritional Resilience and Food Security of the Most Vulnerable in Mali


WFP - World Food Programme (41140)
2020-02-28 - 2024-04-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Mali (100.00%)


• Basic Education: School feeding (11250) (25.00%)
• Basic Health: Basic nutrition (12240) (25.00%)
• Water And Sanitation: Basic sanitation (14032) (25.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (5.00%)
• Agriculture: Agricultural extension (31166) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Nutrition (significant objective)


This project aims to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities, mainly women and girls, in the Mopti and Ségou regions of Mali. The project also aims to improve the food, nutrition, and health situation, increase agricultural productivity and incomes of target populations, while tackling the effects of climate change on food security in their communities. Project activities include: (1) rehabilitating health and drinking water infrastructure in health centers, schools, and households in targeted communities; (2) strengthening the prevention and management of malnutrition in children, and pregnant and lactating women; (3) distributing nutritious meals to students; (4) organizing village savings and credit associations, school gardens, and income-generating activities for small producers, particularly women; (5) creating and rehabilitating productive community assets (irrigated perimeter, reforestation of drylands, water collection systems, etc.); (6) working to ensure joint management of the natural resources shared between farmers and herders; and (7) building the capacity of women to make informed decisions in households and communities by providing leadership training and raising awareness of gender equality in communities. The project is jointly implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased use of basic social services and safety nets, and the adoption of adequate behaviors in terms of food, nutritional and hygiene practices by the target populations, in particular women and girls; (2) improved availability of and access to nutritious and diversified food and improved livelihoods, especially for women; and (3) increased decision-making power and leadership of women in nutritional, food and environmental issues and enhanced social cohesion.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) 2,171 children under five suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Barouéli and 2,937 in Bandiagara treated with very high recovery rates; (2) 7,688 pregnant and breastfeeding women participated in awareness-raising sessions on good nutritional practices; (3) 14 standpipes and 42 latrine blocks built, providing access to water for 4,047 schoolchildren, including 1,866 girls; and (4) 2,973 people, including 2,023 women, members of village savings and credit associations, trained in savings by designated facilitators and agents from local partner NGOs.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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