Out of all the countries in the world, Mali is the 24th-largest country and is comparable in size to South Africa or Angola. The most productive agricultural area lies along the banks of the Niger River, the Inner Niger Delta and the south-western region around Sikasso.
Majority of the country lies in the southern Sahara and in turn produces a hot, dust-laden Sudanian savanna zone. This West African country is mostly flat, rising to rolling northern plains covered by sand. The country’s climate ranges from tropical in the south to arid in the north.
Currency: West African CFA franc
Official language: French
Population: 16.9 million