On 24 March 2011, the Republic of Mali joined the SUN Movement with a letter of commitment from the Permanent Secretary. At the time, Malawi had established the National Nutrition Committee, chair by the Secretary for Nutrition, HIV and AIDS in the Office of the President. Its main function is the coordination to mobilise resources and support for the implementation of nutrition interventions in line with national policies and plans. Malawi had established the Food and Nutrition Security Policy (2005) and the National Nutrition Policy and Strategic Plan (2007 – 2012).

Strategic Processes for Scaling Up Nutrition

The national nutrition policy adopted in January 2013 is a reference framework all those involved in nutrition. Multi-sector coordination was entrusted to the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene. The bodies coordinating the national nutrition policy include government representatives, technical and financial partners, the United Nations system, the private sector and civil society. They comprise:

• the National Nutrition Council, with 17 ministerial departments, the high council of local authorities, the private sector and civil society. Its mission is high-level planning and coordination of the national nutrition policy.

• An Inter-sectoral Technical Nutrition Committee (CTIN) comprising around sixty stakeholder representatives (public and private sectors, academia, civil society, technical and financial partners). It acts as a nutrition observatory, publishing indicator trends and ensuring that the various sectoral operational plans are harmonized.

• There is a technical secretariat leading CTIN and CNN activities.

Last updated: September 2014

The drafting of the multi-sectoral nutrition action plan was finalized in 2014, with the full-scale official launch in June 2014. The plan includes a common results framework clearly indicating who is responsible for implementation. The policy from which it is derived describes the coordination mechanism for monitoring the implementation of the plan.

The technical and financial partners, as well as civil society, will continue to work together and to align the assistance they provide to help implement the plan and achieve targets to advance nutrition in Mali.

Last updated: September 2014

The budgeting of the multi-sector nutrition action plan is a great step forward in terms of mobilizing resources. The next stage for 2014 is to take stock of activities already funded and of funding gaps and to priorities activities.

The government has committed to finance nutrition as one of the priority development areas.

Last updated: September 2014

Key Figures

Low Birth Weight 15.5%
0-5 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding 32.9%
Under Five Stunting 38.3%
Under Five Wasting 12.7%
Under Five Overweight 2.3%


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"Improper food practices and their consequences are major obstacles to sustainable socio-economic development and poverty reduction. Also, in emergency situations, infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to an increased risk of malnutrition, illness and death. This year's Global Week of Breastfeeding is celebrated in our country in an emergency situation where breastfeeding is a vital response."

Mr. Soumana Makadji, Minister of Health of Mali (World Breastfeeding Week Launch, 2012)

SUN Government Focal Point

  • Modibo Diarra
  • Nutrition Advisor
  • Ministry of Health

Donor Conveners

  • CIDA