Mali has been spared for a long time before registered its first two cases of COVID-19 on March 25, 2020. Few days before the outbreak in the country, the National Defense High Council of Mali under the leadership of the President of the Republic took action on March 17, 2020, at an extraordinary meeting, to start to implement restrictions on the social movement. These preventive measures against the spread of the virus had a great impact on the daily life of the urban slams of Bamako making the population start some insurrection actions against the government decision.
The global COVID-19 outbreak has started to have a significant negative impact on Mali’s economy. For example, the downfall of the cotton price on the international market makes many rural populations refuse to cultivate cotton for 2020/2021 season. This situation will have an impact on the country GDP and push many rural young people toward urban cities like Bamako. Also, as a landlocked country, the reduction of trade and disrupt supply chains will have an impact on a lot of living commodities making more families vulnerable to hunger and food shortage. To anticipate these impacts on the beneficiaries of its programmes EPHRATA intended to provide these families with a monthly or quarterly food and nutrition package to support them.
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