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Mali, Timbuktu, Tombouctou Region. 2018.  N’fa Adama Traoré lives with his family in the Gourma, an arid part of the Sahel in Mali. The Niger River that flows through this area gave his people a trade: fishing. Nearly 40 years ago, N’fa Adama’s then nomadic community settled down by the river and began farming, raising livestock and reforesting.  “We had to leave everything behind. Our situation is difficult.” But a land dispute eventually erupted between the communities in a village called Iloa. The fishermen were driven out and forced to move to the other side of the river in Banguya.  “When we were chased out of our village, we had to leave everything behind. Our situation is a difficult one and we ask the Government to help us return to our land,” says 50-year-old N’fa Adama.  In addition to inter-communal issues, this part of Gourma-Rharous Cercle in Mali’s Timbuktu region, is facing several other problems. Gourma, which means “the right bank of the Niger River” in the Songhai language, has been the scene of several violent attacks by armed men who have plundered villages, forcing people to flee and seek refuge elsewhere. Several soldiers were killed when a military camp in the area was attacked.  In the Photo: N’fa Adama Traore displays WFP vouchers.   Photo: WFP/Bouya Baba
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Mali, Timbuktu, Tombouctou Region. 9 January 2018.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis.   WFP provides food to internally displaced people and those returning to their homes, as well as supporting vulnerable communities with food and cash during lean periods between harvests. Where possible, the food distributed by WFP is purchased in Mali, helping to boost local economies.  In the Photo: Women of the Gourma fishing community. Gourma in the Timbuktu region is also the scene of violent attacks by armed men who attack the population and plunder the villages. Attacks have also been made against the military camp in the area, resulting in the death of several soldiers.  For those families forced to flee, without resources and without jobs, it becomes very difficult to have something to eat. The last rainy season was not good and the lean season looks difficult this year with 4,350,000 food insecure people, more than one in five Malians.   Photo: WFP/Bouya Baba
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: For Dr. Youssouf Sally, the medical referee of the Intensive Nutritional Education and Recovery Unit since 2015, the meals play a determining role in the parents’ decision to have their child hospitalized, and decrease the cases of abandonment.  Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Kadia, the nurse, surrounded by her little patients and their mothers. Reference Health Center in Kalabankoro (Mali).  Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Kadia, the nurse, surrounded by her little patients and their mothers. Reference Health Center in Kalabankoro (Mali).  Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Kadia, the nurse, surrounded by her little patients and their mothers. Reference Health Center in Kalabankoro (Mali).  Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Astan, his son Daoda and Fatoumata. Reference Health Center in Kalabankoro (Mali).   Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Fatoumata and her daughter Aïchata, 6 months old. Aïchata suffers from severe acute malnutrition.   Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Daoda is 11 months old. He suffers from severe acute malnutrition. He was hospitalized at the Reference Health Center the day before our visit.   Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: For Dr. Youssouf Sally, the medical referee of the Intensive Nutritional Education and Recovery Unit since 2015, the meals play a determining role in the parents’ decision to have their child hospitalized, and decrease the cases of abandonment.  Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: A mother and her child at the Intensive Nutrition Recovery and Education Unit of the Reference Health Center in Kalabankoro (Mali).   Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: A mother and her child at the Intensive Nutrition Recovery and Education Unit of the Reference Health Center in Kalabankoro (Mali).   Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Astan, his son Daoda and Fatoumata. Reference Health Center in Kalabankoro (Mali).   Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Astan, his son Daoda and Fatoumata. Reference Health Center in Kalabankoro (Mali).   Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Astan, his son Daoda and Fatoumata. Reference Health Center in Kalabankoro (Mali).   Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Astan, his son Daoda and Fatoumata. Reference Health Center in Kalabankoro (Mali).   Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: For Dr. Youssouf Sally, the medical referee of the Intensive Nutritional Education and Recovery Unit since 2015, the meals play a determining role in the parents’ decision to have their child hospitalized, and decrease the cases of abandonment.  Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Intensive Nutrition Recovery and Education Unit of the Reference Health Center in Kalabankoro (Mali).   Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Awa brings and serves three meals a day to adults who accompany severely malnourished children hospitalized in the Health Center. Meals are provided by WFP thanks to the support of ECHO and UK Aid.   Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Meals provided by WFP thanks to the support of ECHO and UK Aid.   Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kalabankoro, Koulikoro region  .9 November 2017.  Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than US$ 1.25 a day. Mali’s food security has been rocked in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. Though peace negotiations were concluded in 2015, the situation remains volatile, preventing large-scale return of those who fled to neighboring countries.  WFP provides supplementary feeding and other nutrition support to several vulnerable groups, including underweight children suffering from chronic and moderate-to-acute malnutrition, and children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. We also provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers, as well as supporting nutrition awareness activities at the community level.  In the photo: Intensive Nutrition Recovery and Education Unit of the Reference Health Center in Kalabankoro (Mali).   Photo: WFP/Cecilia Aspe
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Mali, Kayes Region, Yarka, 20 June 2016  WFP partners with governments on school meals programmes in 41 African nations. In Mali, where gender equality ranks among the lowest in the world, school meals are providing an incentive to keep girls in school.  According to UNICEF, 15 percent of girls in the country are married by the age of 15, and less than 8 percent of women and girls have received a secondary education.   Cheick, the principal of Yarka School in the city of Yarka in Kayes Region – an area with high rates of child marriage and low school attendance – has been advocating for gender equality and child education. “I am committed to keeping young girls in school and raising awareness about the wrongfulness of child marriage,” he said.  In 2003, Cheick went to the Regional Education Facilities to request that WFP’s school meals programme – which provides a daily hot meal to students throughout the country – be implemented in his school.  School meals not only provide nutrition and energy to students, helping them concentrate and learn, they also provide a strong incentive for parents to send their sons and daughters to school, increasing enrolment and retention rates. In Mali, the retention rate for schools supported by WFP’s school meals programme is 98 percent, compared to the national average of 63 percent.  In 2004, WFP began implementing the school meals programme at Yarka, serving lunch to 138 students, 48 of whom are girls. “The school meals play a double role in my school: They prevent students from coming in late and they have curbed dropout rates,” Cheick explained. “They’ve also played an important role in keeping girls in school.”  He started advocacy and awareness-raising sessions in his community, about the importance of educating girls and the dangers of marrying their children off at such a young age.  “Through raising awareness in communities, the number of girls enrolled in school and their retention rate have increased. I’ve also noticed a shift in attitudes about child marriage,” Cheik added.  In the photo: Cheick, principal of Yarka School, with his students.  Photo: WFP/Sebastien Rieussec
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Mali, Kayes Region, Yarka, 20 June 2016  WFP partners with governments on school meals programmes in 41 African nations. In Mali, where gender equality ranks among the lowest in the world, school meals are providing an incentive to keep girls in school.  According to UNICEF, 15 percent of girls in the country are married by the age of 15, and less than 8 percent of women and girls have received a secondary education.   Cheick, the principal of Yarka School in the city of Yarka in Kayes Region – an area with high rates of child marriage and low school attendance – has been advocating for gender equality and child education. “I am committed to keeping young girls in school and raising awareness about the wrongfulness of child marriage,” he said.  In 2003, Cheick went to the Regional Education Facilities to request that WFP’s school meals programme – which provides a daily hot meal to students throughout the country – be implemented in his school.  School meals not only provide nutrition and energy to students, helping them concentrate and learn, they also provide a strong incentive for parents to send their sons and daughters to school, increasing enrolment and retention rates. In Mali, the retention rate for schools supported by WFP’s school meals programme is 98 percent, compared to the national average of 63 percent.  In 2004, WFP began implementing the school meals programme at Yarka, serving lunch to 138 students, 48 of whom are girls. “The school meals play a double role in my school: They prevent students from coming in late and they have curbed dropout rates,” Cheick explained. “They’ve also played an important role in keeping girls in school.”  He started advocacy and awareness-raising sessions in his community, about the importance of educating girls and the dangers of marrying their children off at such a young age.  “Through raising awareness in communities, the number of girls enrolled in school and their retention rate have increased. I’ve also noticed a shift in attitudes about child marriage,” Cheik added.  In the photo: "I love going to school. I want to become a teacher so I can help other kids learn," says 11-year-old Fatou.  Photo: WFP/Sebastien Rieussec
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Mali, Kayes Region, Yarka, 20 June 2016  WFP partners with governments on school meals programmes in 41 African nations. In Mali, where gender equality ranks among the lowest in the world, school meals are providing an incentive to keep girls in school.  According to UNICEF, 15 percent of girls in the country are married by the age of 15, and less than 8 percent of women and girls have received a secondary education.   Cheick, the principal of Yarka School in the city of Yarka in Kayes Region – an area with high rates of child marriage and low school attendance – has been advocating for gender equality and child education. “I am committed to keeping young girls in school and raising awareness about the wrongfulness of child marriage,” he said.  In 2003, Cheick went to the Regional Education Facilities to request that WFP’s school meals programme – which provides a daily hot meal to students throughout the country – be implemented in his school.  School meals not only provide nutrition and energy to students, helping them concentrate and learn, they also provide a strong incentive for parents to send their sons and daughters to school, increasing enrolment and retention rates. In Mali, the retention rate for schools supported by WFP’s school meals programme is 98 percent, compared to the national average of 63 percent.  In 2004, WFP began implementing the school meals programme at Yarka, serving lunch to 138 students, 48 of whom are girls. “The school meals play a double role in my school: They prevent students from coming in late and they have curbed dropout rates,” Cheick explained. “They’ve also played an important role in keeping girls in school.”  He started advocacy and awareness-raising sessions in his community, about the importance of educating girls and the dangers of marrying their children off at such a young age.  “Through raising awareness in communities, the number of girls enrolled in school and their retention rate have increased. I’ve also noticed a shift in attitudes about child marriage,” Cheik added.  In the photo: after eating their school meals, these students have better concentration for their afternoon classes at Yarka School.  Photo: WFP/Sebastien Rieussec
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Mali, Kayes Region, Yarka, 20 June 2016  WFP partners with governments on school meals programmes in 41 African nations. In Mali, where gender equality ranks among the lowest in the world, school meals are providing an incentive to keep girls in school.  According to UNICEF, 15 percent of girls in the country are married by the age of 15, and less than 8 percent of women and girls have received a secondary education.   Cheick, the principal of Yarka School in the city of Yarka in Kayes Region – an area with high rates of child marriage and low school attendance – has been advocating for gender equality and child education. “I am committed to keeping young girls in school and raising awareness about the wrongfulness of child marriage,” he said.  In 2003, Cheick went to the Regional Education Facilities to request that WFP’s school meals programme – which provides a daily hot meal to students throughout the country – be implemented in his school.  School meals not only provide nutrition and energy to students, helping them concentrate and learn, they also provide a strong incentive for parents to send their sons and daughters to school, increasing enrolment and retention rates. In Mali, the retention rate for schools supported by WFP’s school meals programme is 98 percent, compared to the national average of 63 percent.  In 2004, WFP began implementing the school meals programme at Yarka, serving lunch to 138 students, 48 of whom are girls. “The school meals play a double role in my school: They prevent students from coming in late and they have curbed dropout rates,” Cheick explained. “They’ve also played an important role in keeping girls in school.”  He started advocacy and awareness-raising sessions in his community, about the importance of educating girls and the dangers of marrying their children off at such a young age.  “Through raising awareness in communities, the number of girls enrolled in school and their retention rate have increased. I’ve also noticed a shift in attitudes about child marriage,” Cheik added.  In the photo: children sit eating their school meals together at Yarka School.  Photo: WFP/Sebastien Rieussec
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