The Malian Association for Food Security and Sovereignty (AMASSA) has been operating as a branch of the French NGO Afrique Verte in Mali since 1994, and became independent in 2005. Their mission is to improve food security in a sustainable manner for all populations in Mali and across the Sahel. They do research and run projects on the ground in order to promote food security and food sovereignty in Mali and support the resilience of vulnerable populations, with a particular focus on women and youth.