A man works in his field at an Action Against Hunger project in Mali.


Despite growing insecurity in the country, Action Against Hunger is continuing its work to treat children under five for severe malnutrition.

In Mali, over half of the population lives below the international poverty line.

Poverty in this country stems from both geographical and social problems. Two-thirds of the country is a desert or semi-desert that experience long yearly periods of drought. While vulnerable populations in these areas already suffer from chronic food insecurity, the worsening droughts make it harder for people to cope with and recover from food shortages.

Widespread poverty, food insecurity, and instability from conflict have also led to alarming numbers of childhood malnutrition.

Country facts

  • 19m

    Mali has a population of almost 20 million people.

  • 184

    Mali ranks 184th out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index.

  • 300,000

    300,000 people in Mali are in need of urgent food assistance.

The security situation in Mali saw a significant change in 2019. The central and eastern areas of the country saw widespread ethnic violence, followed by an increase in attacks by radical armed groups on the Malian Army.

As a result, there were three times more internally displaced people than the previous year. The loss of government control of large parts of the country also reduced the coverage of basic services, limiting the access of international humanitarian organisations.

How Action Against Hunger is helping

Our teams are working to address emergency needs in the northern, eastern and central areas of the country where fighting is particularly intense.

We’ve also been supporting communities to build up resilience to periods of food shortages.

Some of our programmes in Mali include:

  • working with local and national health authorities to improve their capacity to address child hunger
  • screening and treating children under five for malnutrition
  • improving access to clean water and adequate sanitation facilities
  • running psychosocial support groups
Hawa's storyHawa is a community health worker in Mali

Hawa's story

Hawa is a community health worker in Mali. She's one of the many amazing women fighting against hunger on the front line.

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Ibrahim's storyIbrahim, an Action Against Hunger community health worker in Mali.

Ibrahim's story

Community health workers like Ibrahim are providing a lifeline to families in the hardest to reach regions in Mali.

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Our reach

  • 541,921

    We reached 541,921 people in Mali through our programmes in 2019.

  • 256

    We have 256 staff based in Gao, Kayes, Bamako, Kita and Tombouctou.

  • 1996

    We started working in Mali in 1996.

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