MaliMali is one of several countries across the Sahel belt affected by recurrent and frequent food security and nutrition crises. In 2012, about 4.6 million people are affected by food insecurity and more than 175,000 children are at risk of Severe Acute Malnutrition.

Since mid-January 2012, conflict in the north has deepened existing vulnerabilities, increasing the need for humanitarian assistance. Clashes between Tuareg movements, such as the Mouvement National de Liberation de l’Azawad (MNLA), and the Mali armed forces resulted in massive displacement, with an estimated 159,000 IDPs and some 220,000 refugees as of the end of July 2012.[1] A military coup d’état in March 2012 further threatened Mali’s stability and political future.

Given the size and complexity of this multi-faceted crisis and its significant humanitarian impact, OCHA established a country office in Bamako in 2012. A sub-office is planned for the northern regional district of Mopti as part of a joint UN office as soon as the security situation permits. A presence may also be established in Kayes to support the coordination of partners involved in the food security and nutrition crisis response.

[1] Sources: ICRC, Mali Red Cross, Algerian Red Crescent, UNHCR, OCHA, OXFAM


 A group of Tuareg men in traditional dress silhouetted on the crest of a sand dune at an oasis, west of Timbuktu, Mali. © IRIN/Tugela Ridley