On March 24th 2011, the Republic of Mali joined the SUN Movement with a letter of commitment sent by its Minister of Health, Dr. Badara Aliou Macalou. At that time, Mali had started working on the elaboration of its National Policy for Nutrition, as part of the recommendations of the National Forum for Nutrition (June 2010). At the same time, all necessary steps were undertaken for an improved positioning of Nutrition within the new Strategic Framework for Growth and Poverty Reduction – 2012-2017, which was being developed.

Strategic Processes for Scaling Up Nutrition

The steering bodies for the National Nutrition Policy (PNN), formally adopted in 2014 include:

  • the National Nutrition Council (CNN) responsible for planning and coordinating the PNN
  • the Intersectoral Technical Nutrition Committee (CTIN) in charge of steering and monitoring the PNN
  • the Technical Secretariat (ST) in charge of facilitating and preparing meetings of the CTIN.

With a view to reinforcing the coordination process, a Nutrition Coordination Unit has just been created (March 2015), by decree of the Prime Minister. This unit must be swiftly provided with human and financial resources in order to fulfil its role of coordinating at a national level and scalingup interventions.

A capacity-building campaign was run for members of the Intersectoral Technical Nutrition Committee.

Mali has operationalised its multi-sectoral approach to nutrition and established local platforms in the Yorosso Circle. This was carried out with Cornell University as part of the Africa Nutrition Security Partnership (ANSP) supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and financed by the European Union.

A SUN Government Focal Point has been nominated at the Ministry of Health. However, a political focal point is necessary in order to go beyond technical coordination. Ministries’ participation could be improved. More regular meetings and better information sharing have been identified as ways to strengthen stakeholder commitment.

Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger (REACH) PARTNERSHIP is facilitating the coordination of four United Nations agencies that have signed a memorandum of understanding.

Civil society is collaborating within a national alliance and three regional alliances that have been established.

Representatives of universities and training institutes are participating in the Intersectoral Technical Committee. A Master’s in Nutrition and Public Health has been created at the Faculty of Medicine with the financial and technical support of the ANSP/UNICEF project.

The private sector is not yet organised within SUN-Mali, but contacts have been established with the National Council of Employers for improved private sector involvement.

Last updated: October 2015

The multi-sectoral action plan budgeted was officially launched in June 2014. This includes a Common Results Framework clearly indicating who is responsible for implementation. An information system needs to be created. The emphasis will be on disseminating this Plan. United Nations and civil society stakeholders report that they are in the process of aligning their programmes to the National Nutrition Policy.

The programmes managed by the Ministries of Health and Agriculture conform to sectoral plans and strategies, but the emphasis is on the response to emergency situations.

Last updated: October 2015

The Multi-sectoral Nutrition Action Plan has been budgeted. A number of activities have already been financed but a detailed analysis of the financing deficits has yet to be made. It is clear, however, that financing for nutrition is globally insufficient. Mobilising funds and aligning resources is a priority. The government has undertaken to finance nutrition as one of its priority development areas. The budget needs to be discussed with the ministries concerned and a budget line created for nutrition to replace the individual lines already existing in the sectoral budgets.

Last updated: October 2015

Key Figures

Under Five Stunting 38.5%
Low Birth Weight -
0-5 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding -
Under Five Wasting 15.3%
Under Five Overweight 4.7%
Woman Anaemia 15-49 years 56.2%

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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