Caritas Luxembourg has been present in Mali for many years in the framework of its emergency, rehabilitation and development projects.

Mali has a total population of more than 20 million people, of which almost 65% are under 25 years old. Due to the complicated situation in the country, this young population faces many challenges. In addition to an increasingly unstable security situation, with conflicts in the north of the country moving further and further into the centre, the country is experiencing political and socio-economic difficulties. Economic growth is not very inclusive and has little impact on human development and poverty. Indeed, the country ranks 184th out of 189 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI). Approximately 8.2 million people are affected by the crisis in Mali and 5.9 million of them are in need of humanitarian assistance.

The Malian population is also facing problems related to climate change: a drier climate, less frequent rainfall accompanied by droughts, fragile ecosystems.... The majority of the population lives in rural areas and agriculture represents a very large part of the country's labour force. These people are all the more vulnerable to the climate crisis, seeing their living environment and their sector of activity directly impacted. Therefore, our projects always include climate change components because we are aware of the need to take this important variant into account.

The projects implemented by Caritas Luxembourg and its network of Caritas partners in Mali focus mainly on food security, always with the primary objective of assisting the most vulnerable groups.

Currently, our emergency project is implemented in the centre of the country, in the Bandiagara region, and sets up actions allowing the population to overcome the lean season. These actions, in the form of food distributions, are implemented in parallel with a development programme undertaken by our partner, thus encouraging a humanitarian-development Nexus.

Development projects are also undertaken in the south and west of the country. They aim to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of rural populations by strengthening food security and access to markets. This is done through various actions: training on various subjects such as sustainable management of natural resources or improved and sustainable production techniques; local capacity building; water wells; support for the organisation of market gardeners into cooperatives, etc.

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