Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living on less than $1.57 a day. The country’s food security has been affected in recent years by recurring disasters including erratic rainfall, drought, and a military coup that triggered a political and security crisis. In a country where agriculture employs 90 percent of the country’s rural population this precariousness is even more felt by rural young people and women. The latter continue to be disadvantaged at all levels compared to men. Women have a strong presence in agriculture, but lack means to improve their economic situation due to issues related to control and ownership of land, lack of means of production or poor access to credits. In Mali female political representation is very limited with only 10 percent of the parliament seat taken by women. Almost 90 percent of women and girls aged 15 to 49 have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).