Malian Government Overcome HGSF Challenges

participants at the snv event Various initiatives were identified to make school feeding efficient, nationally owned and sustainable   throughout Mali at a learning event themed, the “Role of key stakeholders in the success and sustainability of school feeding in Mali”.

The event was hosted by Mali’s National School Feeding Centre (CNCS), with support from Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD) and Dutch development organisation SNV.

“The Government of Mali is strongly committed to promoting school feeding in order to face the challenges in      education, health and nutrition for school-aged children,” said General Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr Souleymane Goundiam. He continued, “But, we must recognize that the national school feeding programme faces bottlenecks, especially given Mali’s recent political crisis, this workshop is therefore of particular importance.”

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Enhancing Mali’s Communication Plan for Effective School Feeding Implementation

Communications Plan Workshop in Mali

33 participants from Mali’s National Centre for School Canteens (CNCS), Ministers of Education, Agriculture, Environment and Sanitation and technical and financial partners recently gathered at a workshop centred on developing an effective communication’s plan as part of Mali’s school feeding programme. 

Supported by Partnership for Child Development (PCD), the CNCS led workshop aimed at promoting programme sustainability through identifying and proposing actions to counter communications weaknesses identified in the existing programme. 

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Mali - Benefits Extend to the Local Tax System

In Cinzana municipality in Mali, the income generated by sales to WFP from P4P-supported smallholder farmers is directly linked to increases in tax revenues. With the local government investing the extra income in social services, an entire community is benefiting indirectly from the P4P pilot.

Out of the 703 municipalities in Mali, Cinzana is the biggest one with its 72 villages. Since the start of a decentralization process in Mali in 1993, the state has transferred many responsibilities to the municipalities, including the accountability and ownership of development. In Cinzana municipality, payment of local development tax (less than US$2 per person aged from 14 to 60 years) was previously a major challenge for smallholder farmers.

Before the start of the P4P project, local tax recovery rate was about 50 to 60 percent in Cinzana municipality but now it’s about 83 to 86 percent, thanks to a better income for farmers” said Bamoussa Traoré, Mayor of Cinzana municipality. “This local tax increase is extremely important as it allows the municipality council to meet the needs of the communities by building schools and health centres in many villages”. 

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