The EU and UK contributed EUR 5 million in 2016 through the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), which enabled WFP to implement life-saving programmes in northern and central Mali.
According to the National Food and Nutrition Security Assessment, 425,000 people were found to be severely food insecure in 2016. A National Response Plan was developed in June 2016 to address the crisis, providing WFP with a framework to deliver financial and operational support. Together with the government, WFP assisted 205,000 people suffering severe food insecurity, including internally displaced persons and repatriated refugees during the pastoral and agro-pastoral lean season (from June to September).
Thanks to contributions from the EU and UK, WFP was able to deliver critical support to the Mali Government's Food Security Commissariat.
"As a result of these funds, the most vulnerable people, especially those in northern and central Mali, suffering both severe drought and continued conflict, have received life-saving support," said WFP Mali Country Director Silvia Caruso.
The EU contribution additionally enabled WFP to provide essential nutritional assistance to 92,200 children aged 6 to 23 months and 45,500 pregnant and nursing women in Gao, Mopti and Timbuktu.
Malnutrition presents serious, potentially fatal risks for children in Mali. The nutritional survey indicated moderate acute malnutrition rates were at 12.4 percent nationally. In Timbuktu, the rate rose to 17.5 percent, far exceeding the World Health Organization's critical emergency threshold of 10 percent.
"The European Union reacted quickly to the nutrition crisis in northern and central Mali," Caruso said, "serving as a key player in tackling malnutrition across the country."
During 2016, nearly 350,000 Malian people - in acute need of food or nutrition assistance - received vital support from the people of Europe, through the European Union.