US Embassy in Mali
No: 04- FR Bamako, Mali, August 2, 2022
Mali is among more than 47 countries and regional organizations to receive funds to save lives through emergency response and to mitigate a further increase in poverty, hunger and malnutrition due to rising food, fertilizer and fuel prices.
Rising food, fertilizer and fuel prices in Mali and across sub-Saharan Africa are hurting Malians and making their lives more difficult. This price increase is exacerbating development problems and humanitarian emergencies. As part of the recently announced US$2.76 billion (CFAF 1,766 billion) contribution to address the global food crisis, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to provide US$32 million (20 .5 billion FCFA) in new resources for Mali to protect vulnerable populations from a growing crisis exacerbated by the Russian-provoked and unwarranted invasion of Ukraine.
While Vladimir Putin has taken food hostage and made these problems worse, the United States is leading a global effort to address food insecurity caused by Putin’s unscrupulous attack on Ukraine. Here in Mali, USAID will program US$15 million (9.6 billion CFA francs) for the World Food Program (WFP), UNICEF, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to address the immediate needs of Mali’s most vulnerable citizens.
This emergency humanitarian funding will help ensure that crisis-affected populations can meet their basic food needs through cash transfers and food stamps covering nearly 200,000 vulnerable Malians, including 40,000 IDPs. New humanitarian funding from the American people to the United Nations system in Mali will ensure early detection and treatment of cases of severe acute malnutrition by screening 100,000 children under five and 10,000 mothers and caregivers, including pregnant women. Proceeds will also be used to purchase 350 tonnes of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) for malnourished children, providing them with the vital nutrients they need to recover.
This new funding is in addition to our current year budget for humanitarian aid in Mali of US$75 million (48 billion FCFA). These funds will strengthen the government’s early warning system for food security, while expanding our existing support to Mali’s health system and community health workers as they detect and treat malnutrition.
In addition to the new humanitarian assistance, USAID will provide US$17 million (CFAF 10.9 billion), subject to availability of funds, to help Malians meet their own development needs and strengthen their food security as a nation. USAID has supported agriculture in Mali since 1961 and has funded agriculture through Feed the Future since 2013. This year, the United States has already committed $20 million (CFAF 12.8 billion) to support agricultural production and marketing .
This new $17 million (10.9 billion CFA francs) agricultural funding will reach an additional 300,000 Malian families, expanding the geographic reach and impact of the current Feed the Future program to Sikasso, Koutiala, Bougouni, Mopti, Bandiagara, Douentza and Timbuktu. The funds will be used to distribute inputs such as fertilizer and improved seeds and will help increase access to and availability of nutritious food for Mali’s most vulnerable, including disadvantaged youth, pregnant and lactating women and children under five. .
The new agricultural funds will also help farmers maintain food stocks, reduce poverty, increase resilience to extreme weather events, and prevent and mitigate conflict. Finally, the new American People’s Emergency Agricultural Finance will help Mali become safer and more resilient to shocks by increasing production of grains such as corn, millet, fonio, rice and sorghum, as well as livestock. , including birds and small ruminants.
According to the US ambassador to Mali, Dennis B. Hankins, “the US is Mali’s largest bilateral donor. We work with various partners to build capacity for Malians to ensure their own food security. Malian farmers, Malian herders and Malian consumers are among the least visible victims of Russia’s war against Ukraine. This new US$32 million aid will help the Malians face the considerable impacts of a situation they did not create.
President Joe Biden’s pledge to provide $2.76 billion (XOF1.766 billion) in additional US government food security resources at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Germany represents more than half of the $4.5 billion and more (2.880 billion FCFA) in additional resources that the G7 leaders committed to ensuring global food security at the Summit. The pledged funds will raise total US investment to tackle the global food security crisis to $5.56 billion (CFAF 3.558 billion) since Russia started the war against Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
For more information please contact:
Embassy Press Office / ACI 2000 Rue 243 Porte 297 / Bamako, Mali
Tel: 20 70 24 24 / 20 70 24 26 / Fax: 20 70 24 79 / E-mail: PASBamako@state.gov
Web site: https://ml.usembassy.gov/