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Armed conflict continues to hamper development

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The armed conflict in the north of Mali escalated again in 2012, hitting the local population hard. The region was subsequently secured by the army and French troops, with a peace treaty signed in March 2015. The elections in August 2013 brought a democratically legitimate government to office, but the military and political situation is still unstable. To ensure peace, people’s living conditions need to improve rapidly. Agriculture is Mali’s most important economic sector and offers great potential, which must be further tapped. More than 40% of the population lives in poverty and nearly a third is chronically malnourished. Food security therefore remains one of the country’s biggest challenges even in spite of its successes.

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