WFP concerned about deteriorating food situation in northern MaliListen /
Scaling up food assistance in northern Mali is critical as the lean season is approaching, the World Food Programme (WFP) reports.
WFP says food security in the region has deteriorated due to persistent market disruptions, with the most remote areas facing the greatest difficulties.
Agency spokesperson Elizabeth Byers says the ongoing armed rebellion in northern Mali means family stocks have been depleted and food is not reaching markets.
"The security situation of course is one of the key factors because the food cannot reach the market because of the security situation on the roads. Also, because of the insecurity, farmers were not able to go to their fields. Altogether, all these factors have the consequence that the population in the remote reason cannot be reached with very needed food assistance, and of course they cannot find anything on the market."
One in five households in northern Mali faces severe food shortages, according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs office (OCHA).
A $400 million humanitarian appeal for Mali is only one-quarter funded.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.