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, almost 70% of the population lives in poverty.

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 led to alarming numbers of childhood malnutrition. The coronavirus pandemic has also caused a sharp drop in growth and thrown an extra 800,000 Malians into poverty.

Country facts

  • 407,394

    Action Against Hunger's programmes reached over 400,000 people in Mali in 2020.

  • 19.7M

    Mali has a population of almost 20 million people.

  • 26.9%

    Over a quarter of Malian children under five suffer from malnutrition.

Action Against Hunger’s work in Mali

Some of our programmes in Mali include:

  • awareness raising to stop the spread of Covid-19 and distributing PPE and hygiene kits
  • working with local and national health authorities to tackle child hunger
  • supporting communities to build up resilience to periods of food shortages
  • screening and treating children under five for malnutrition
  • improving access to clean water and sanitation
  • running mental health support groups
Hawa 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, 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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A child being screened for malnutrition at an Action Against Hunger health centre in Mali.

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