Poverty, conflict and climate change are some of the factors increasing the humanitarian needs in the country.
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.