Food Insecurity, Poverty, Lack Of Access To Health Services Hindering Recovery Efforts In Mali

The Guardian examines recovery efforts in Mali after a coup in 2012 left many displaced, food insecure, and without access to health services. “The interlinked fortunes of [Mali and Libya] in the sparely populated Sahara region have played a complex role in the causes of Mali’s conflict and also the coping strategies people … have employed to survive,” the newspaper notes. The Guardian continues, “Insecurity has meant there are no up-to-date figures on the malnutrition rate in the region,” adding, “Flight and displacement have disrupted farming, livestock activities and trade, and the collapse of state institutions — only now beginning to reform in towns such as Gao — form a complex set of pressures on already vulnerable people.” The newspaper highlights World Food Programme (WFP) efforts to provide “school feeding programs in 576 schools in northern Mali, including around 250 in Gao” (Hirsch, 10/16).