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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 4, 2022

Bamako, Mali – On September 19, Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Miriam Lutz signed an amendment to the United States-Mali development assistance agreement that represents new funding. an amount of $148.5 million (FCFA 101 billion) *

This support from the American people to Mali through USAID is just one part of our overall assistance and will fund new and ongoing activities in health, governance, agriculture and basic education. This amount is in addition to the more than $250 million (FCFA 170 billion) that the United States provided to Mali through USAID last year, including $90 million (FCFA 61 billion) in life-saving humanitarian aid to those Malians who need it most. .

The amendment includes $17 million (FCFA 11.5 billion) of previously announced emergency agricultural and nutrition aid to the Maltese to compensate for food price increases caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine. This new funding will go directly to 300,000 farming families with fertilizer and improved seeds to increase Mali’s ability to feed itself without relying on costly imports. Part of this aid is already going with USAID, which is distributing 1.2 million 500g bags of fortified flour to more than five thousand pregnant and lactating women and 30,000 young children to help prevent acute malnutrition in some of the worst-hit communities in central Mali during the lean agricultural season. .

The signing of this development assistance agreement represents the unwavering commitment of the United States to a more peaceful and prosperous Mali that will lead its own development. Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy a.i. Brian Neubert: “We’ve been working with the Mallas to build a brighter future since 1961, and this new funding demonstrates the continued strength of our shared bond.” Over the past twenty years, the United States through USAID has provided nearly $3.5 billion (FCFA 2.4 trillion) in development and humanitarian aid to the people of Mali at current exchange rates.

For more information, please contact:

Embassy Press Office / ACI 2000 Rue 243 Porte 297 / Bamako, Mali

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