BAMAKO, Mali, December 3, 2021 / APO Group / –
The Government of Sweden, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Program (WFP) have signed a four-year program to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities affected by food insecurity, malnutrition and the effects of climate change in the Malian regions of Segou and Sikasso.
With a contribution of 23 million dollars from Sweden and drawing on the experience of the three UN agencies, the project will help improve the food and nutrition security of 144,800 people, in particular women and children. This goal will be achieved by supporting sustainable agriculture, the creation and rehabilitation of community assets, such as the development of fish sanctuaries, the production by communities of improved stoves and fuel briquettes made from plant and animal waste, and better access to water and health services.
“Building resilience for food security and nutrition of the most vulnerable people requires a multisectoral and integrated approach. In this project, our multi-year partnership with the three UN agencies will address the underlying causes of vulnerability and contribute to sustainable and nutritious food systems. Furthermore, this is an important project that addresses the six thematic perspectives of Swedish development cooperation: poverty reduction, human rights, gender equality, conflict sensitivity, environment, climate change and resilience ”, reported Richard Bomboma , Head of Swedish Cooperation in Mali.
The local communities of Segou (Barouéli circle) and Sikasso (Bougouni and Sikasso circles) are among the main actors in this project. They will be directly involved in the implementation and monitoring of project activities and will also be equipped and sensitized on good nutrition and hygiene practices. Emphasis is placed on the active participation of women.
“FAO is committed to all partners to help project beneficiaries strengthen their resilience, preserve natural resources and biodiversity affected by climate change. We will jointly use the tools to improve social cohesion and reduce conflicts within agricultural activities to achieve better productivity, a better environment, better nutrition and better living conditions for the beneficiaries of this project, ”said Mansour N’Diaye. , FAO Representative in Mali.
To ensure sustainability, the project will connect emergency response to development initiatives within the triple Nexus of peace, humanitarian and development.
“This program places special emphasis on children and youth, and on the involvement and active participation of women. We hope to see an improvement in people’s ability to prepare for, prevent and respond to the impact of crises and shocks, including climate change, to ensure a better future for all girls and boys. Sweden is a key partner of UNICEF in Mali and we are delighted to continue to strengthen our partnership. By joining together, we can maximize our impact for the people of Mali. The complementary expertise and experience of the three UN agencies will ensure that the long-term impact is strong and robust, ”said Sylvie FOUET, UNICEF Representative in Mali.
“Our common priority is working with communities, including those displaced by conflict, to enable them to have sustainable access to safe and nutritious food. This includes programs that offer food or cash for work to build assets that will benefit the entire community. community and the development of activities related to nutrition, in a complementary way with the sister agencies UNICEF and FAO ”, said Sally HAYDOCK, Representative and Director of WFP in Mali.
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