What we want to do:
We want to increase the number of children in Mali who are well nourished. We are working towards this by:
- Increasing household income
- Improving household food security
- Improving families’ abilities to cope with emergencies
- Improving on-farm and off-farm management of natural resources
What is the problem?
Small-scale, agricultural-dependent families—who are some of the most vulnerable—are being disproportionally impacted by changing climates. When rains fail or disease strike, families often lose what little they have. Poverty and inaccessibility of loans, technology, modern farming methodologies and improved seeds put poor these farmers at an even greater disadvantage.
How is World Vision addressing the issues?
We are introducing savings groups into the areas where we are working with the goal of tackling one of the root causes of poverty for many; exclusion from the financial sector. We are also working with families to increase their production by providing farmers access to more modern technologies and methodologies as well as encouraging other non-agriculture related income-generating activities. Finally, we are working with families to identify current, past and potential risks (such as rainfall shortage and/or plant/animal diseases) and plan accordingly.
Is what World Vision doing working?
Yes! Despite poor weather patterns, the percentage of families who reported having enough food to meet their monthly needs increased from 32% in 2016 to 34.5% in 2017 and the percentage of families relying on food shortage coping strategies (such as skipping meals) decreased dramatically, from 39% in 2016 to 2.7% in 2017.
What’s the impact?*
- 1736 loan clients and the 25 members of the savings and loans association are able to meet the basic needs of their children
*Numbers from 2017
- See how Savings Groups are transforming the lives of families, like that of Nansira, in Mali.