Humanitarian Crisis in Mali

Men, women and children wait near poaches and buckets of food. © ©World Food Program/Daouda Guirou

The Government of Canada is deeply concerned by the situation in Mali, especially after the declaration of a nationwide state of emergency on January 11, 2013, by the president of Mali.

As of January 24, 2013, humanitarian agencies have been reporting that the food and nutrition crisis has left 2 million Malians at risk of food insecurity and that an estimated 406,000 have been displaced by the conflict, including more than 241,000 within Mali and another 160,000 who have sought refuge in Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania.

On January 29, 2013, Canada increased its support in Mali to help improve food security, reduce malnutrition, address emergency healthcare needs, and provide other much-needed humanitarian assistance:

A further investment was announced on May 15 at the International donors' conference on Mali in Brussels, Belgium to alleviate the effects of the combined food, security and political crisis affecting one third of the country's population.

CIDA also provided humanitarian assistance to help Malians cope with the consequences of the 2012 food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel and will continue to do so.