Project profile — Responding to Food and Nutritional Insecurity during the COVID-19 Pandemic


WFP - World Food Programme (41140)
2021-01-29 - 2023-01-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Mali (100.00%)


• Basic Health: Basic nutrition (12240) (10.00%)
• Water And Sanitation: Basic sanitation (14032) (19.00%)
• Agriculture: Agricultural development (31120) (53.00%)
• Emergency food aid:
Emergency food aid (72040) (9.00%)
Relief co-ordination; protection and support services (72050) (9.00%)

Policy marker 

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


In a context where food insecurity has worsened due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this project aims to improve food and nutritional security and to strengthen the resilience, social cohesion and means of production of vulnerable populations, particularly women, youth and internally displaced persons, in the regions of Kayes, Gao, Mopti and Timbuktu. Project activities include: (1) distributing food assistance in kind or in the form of cash transfers; (2) providing training to small producers in marketing and conservation to reduce food losses; (3) providing training to vulnerable populations on good food and nutrition practices; (4) developing community initiatives to increase the demand for high nutritional value foods (caravan, radio program, community fair, etc.); (5) building the capacity of the population on processing, conservation and utilization techniques to stimulate consumption of local products; (6) creating or strengthening women's and youth groups to organize community activities; (7) investing in the protection of survival mechanisms and the rehabilitation of community infrastructures, such as the installation of boreholes, the protection of pastoral areas, the development of market gardening or cereal production areas, the installation of water storage tanks, etc.; and (8) supporting the coordination and governance of the food security sector and the transfer of skills to local actors at the national and decentralized levels. The direct beneficiaries are over 138,000 persons, including 60% of women, from the regions of Kayes, Gao, Mopti and Timbuktu.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased food security and secure livelihood protection for vulnerable individuals and households (women, men and youth) in the project intervention regions; (2) improved food and nutrition practices for women, youth and children (zero to five years old) in households in the project intervention regions; and (3) improved coordination of the response to the immediate needs, recovery and social cohesion of vulnerable populations especially women.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) 2,913 households benefited from cash transfers; (2) 8,174 people trained in good food and nutrition practices; (3) 2,909 people improving their eating habits; (4) 36,328 beneficiaries, including 477 internally displaced people (IDPs), rebuilding their livelihoods; and (5) approximately 77,194,550 FCFA (equivalent to 169,827 CAD) transferred to beneficiaries to meet their immediate needs.

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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