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4 November 2009

Landmines and armed attacks in Senegal’s Casamance region are preventing farmers from maximizing production from the region’s fertile soil, but there is another problem, too: not enough young people are taking up farming (..). Poverty levels in Casamance are among the highest in Senegal at more than 60 percent, with nearly half of households vulnerable to food insecurity, according to a 2007 UN World Food Programme (WFP) study.


3 November 2009

Farmers are complaining about a lack of technical assistance and the poor quality of seeds they've planted this year in the Kaolack region, Senegal's groundnut-producing area (..). To help small farmers, the World Food Program (WFP) on Oct. 7 launched a "food facility" programme. (..) According to the WFP's West Africa regional director, Thomas Yanga, the programme will help small-scale farmers boost production and improve food security.


18 October 2009

Aid workers are evaluating the needs of families recently displaced by armed conflict in Casamance, southern Senegal. (..)“One of the things we take into consideration when we assess needs of IDPs is, can they get to their fields,” said Marc Henrottay, head of World Food Programme in Casamance.


26 July 2009

In the African nation of Senegal, malnutrition rates are high, especially in rural areas where there are fewer basic services. Natural disasters and high food prices have contributed to food shortages for many families in Senegal. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reports that “The post-conflict region of Casamance is particularly vulnerable, with poverty rates among the highest in the country.” Hunger and poverty threaten the 2004 peace agreement signed between Senegal’s government and the separatist movement MFDC after two decades of conflict in the Casamance.


2 July 2009

In Senegal's Casamance region one youth remains missing five days after armed men attacked a group of people collecting cashews, one of the region's main cash crops. (..) Poverty levels in Casamance are among the highest in Senegal at more than 60 percent, with nearly half of households vulnerable to food insecurity, according to a UN World Food Programme (WFP) 2007 study.


25 January 2009

[...] Hoping to take advantage of high global food prices that brought many poor nations to the brink of chaos last year, farmers across West Africa are reaping what experts say is one of the best harvests in recent memory. But after investing and borrowing heavily to expand their production, these farmers also run the risk of being wiped out as global food prices plummet.