The Effects of COVID-19 on Food Security in Urban and Rural Mali


September 3, 2021 - Veronique Theriault, David Tschirley, Mywish Maredia

Key Messages

  • The downward revision of the guaranteed purchase cotton price due to the pandemic led to a cotton production boycott.

  • The share of Malian households living under poverty (< $1.90 day/capita) and extreme poverty ($1/day/capita) went up with the onset of the pandemic.

  • The pandemic has worsened food insecurity in both urban and rural areas.

  • There is need for expanded social safety net programs to support affected households in both rural and urban areas.

  • It is critical to prioritize mass vaccination of the population to facilitate faster return to normal participation in economic activities.


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