CARE is partnering with communities in Mali to develop a long-term, sustainable supply of healthy food. The goal is to ensure both women and men have equal access to food and better nutrition.

The situation

In Mali, malnutrition is directly related to limited education opportunities and a lack of access to financial services. At the same time, farmers do not produce a diverse range of food to support a healthy diet. For too many women, limited schooling coupled with little decision-making power in their homes harms their overall health and that of their children.


  • Improve nutrition and access to healthy food for children under five and pregnant and breast-feeding women in four districts in the Segou region of Mali.
  • Since poverty is so closely tied to malnutrition, this project will support women to grow as independent entrepreneurs through farming, livestock breeding and other activities.
  • Work with local government and community groups to improve external factors that affect food production and nutrition such as policies and planning.


This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.


Quick Facts

About the project
Start Date: 2012
End Date: 2016
Total impact: 30,000 people

About Mali

  • UN estimates from 2006 suggest more than 50 per cent of the population live on less than $1 US a day.
  • Almost three-quarters of the female population have been estimated to have no education whatsoever. (WHO, 2006)
  • More than a quarter of children under the age of five are considered underweight due to malnutrition. (WHO, 2006)

Women's Empowerment

The IFONS project is designed to empower women to manage their own food and nutrition needs and that of their families. It will encourage women to have a greater voice in decision-making and demand that their right to healthy food is not ignored.

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