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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.


Bringing people together
75% 2019

Bringing people together

Coherent policy and legal framework
64% 2019

Coherent policy and legal framework

Aligning programs around a Common Results Framework
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Aligning programs around a Common Results Framework

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Financial tracking and resource mobilization

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0-5 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding


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Adult Overweight Male


Adult Overweight Female


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Strategic objectives

One major achievement in 2016 was the establishment of the Nutrition Coordination Unit as formal coordinating structure. The different government sectors involved in the implementation of the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Action Plan (PAMN) have a focal point. At the national level, the multi-sectoral platform (MSP) meets twice a year, through the Technical Inter-Sectoral Nutrition Committee, and once a year through the National Nutrition Council, bringing together ministers from different sectors. The focal points and general secretaries of the sectoral departments do, however, need training on their roles and responsibilities. The decentralised coordination bodies are established and clearly defined in the National Nutrition Policy, but are not yet operational. The frameworks established in this Policy are the regional, local and commune-level steering, coordination and monitoring committees for development actions. The process of engaging the private sector is underway.

Last updated: November 2017

Created in 2015 by decree, the Nutrition coordination cell is currently operational and fully staffed. Decentralized nutrition coordination activities took place in the pilot zones: Yorosso, Bankass, Bandiagara and Nioro. The civil society platform has been operational since August 2011. Furthermore, in November 2015, a network of Malian parliamentarians for the fight against Malnutrition in Mali was established, with the support of Save The Children and World Vision. Since September 2016, the private sector, academic and research platforms have laid the waymarks of their constitution. Their constitutional texts will be finalized over the months ahead.

Last updated: December 2016


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 mid-term review of the PAMN enabled the National Nutrition Policy to be updated. A common advocacy framework on nutrition is in the process of being drafted. With the support of the civil society organisations network, several meetings aimed at promoting nutrition have taken place with the parliamentarian’s network. Efforts still need to be made on a national and decentralised level to ensure that legislation is operationalised and implemented.

Last updated: November 2017

In December 2015, the creation began of a food and nutritional security policy. This will integrate the current 2014-2018 National nutrition policy thereby giving a more global dimension to the various sectoral national policies sensitive to nutrition issues. Furthermore, the integration of nutrition into sectoral policies will be facilitated by the process, currently under way, of designating a focal point for nutrition within each Ministerial department in the sectors involved in nutrition. The legal framework for nutrition is consequently in the process of being adapted.

Last updated: December 2016


The National Nutrition Policy was officially launched in June 2014. Analysis of sectoral policies done with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) has made it possible to take stock of the way in which nutrition is dealt with in the various sectors. An analysis of the government’s commitments to nutrition, and its monitoring plan, has been made by the civil society alliance. The alliance has also revised and shared the PROFILES advocacy tool with stakeholders.
Nutrition is an integral part of 2012-2017 Strategic framework for growth and poverty reduction (CSCRP).

A chronic malnutrition prevention strategy is also being developed.

Last updated: October 2015

The mid-term review of the PAMN, undertaken in 2016, revealed the constraints involved in implementing the plan, after which remedial actions are to be proposed and new directions to be established. In order to support the common results framework implementation, a nutrition situation analysis and mapping of stakeholders and key actions in nutrition have been undertaken. Measurable targets are set annually. The effects of the PAMN and progress in its implementation were evaluated during the mid-term review, but further improvements in monitoring and evaluation should be made once an information system has been established. Advocacy for greater and more effective coverage of nutrition programmes is taking place. There is a need to address capacity development to ensure plan implementation.

Last updated: November 2017

The common results framework has been integrated into the 2014-2018 multisectoral nutrition action plan and managers have been designated to guarantee its implementation. An activities monitoring and evaluation system will be imple mented by the new Nutrition coordination cell. Furthermore, a number of studies will be taking place during the course of this year: mapping the stakeholders, SMART surveys and a mid-term review of the 2014-2018 national nutrition policy.

Last updated: December 2016


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

A number of ministers participated in the launch of the ‘Cost of Hunger’ study, and their speeches were encouraging. Cost estimates have been undertaken for the PAMN by intervention and by year. Funding sources have not, however, been clearly identified and resource mobilisation strategies have not been defined.

Last updated: November 2017

The process of budgeting for the 2014-2018 Multisectoral nutrition action plan has been completed, and it will be monitored by the Nutrition coordination cell. To date, nearly all nutrition activities have been financed by technical and financial partners. A round table of donors will
take place following this year’s mid-term review, in order to mobilize resources for implementation of the plan.

Last updated: December 2016


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

SUN Government Focal Point

Chef de la Cellule de Coordination de la Nutrition

Donor Convenor

  • Canada