Mali's fertile grounds for conflict

Climate change and resource stress


Local natural resource conflicts in Mali have spill-over effects, to other sectors, and to other regions.

They are not always geographically contained and have the potential to increase the risk of conflict elsewhere. Yet, these conflicts and their impacts are often treated in isolation rather than being understood holistically.

This policy brief first analyses different local and regional resource-use conflicts, and their internal ripple effects in the context of Mali.

It then investigates the pressures posed by population growth and climate change on resource-use and how these impact agricultural productivity and food security.

Finally, the brief concludes with policy recommendations, arguing for conflict prevention and conflict-sensitive approaches to be integrated into all natural resource initiatives.

This will help in better management of trade-offs, particularly around prioritising certain natural-resource dependent livelihoods over others, or investing in certain regions over others.