Text Messages: A New Way to Fight Hunger in Senegal

In the Ziguinchor region, the World Food Programme (WFP) has implemented a new system that uses text messages, or SMS, to transfer money to people affected by food insecurity during the lean season. So far, this new method has benefited 55,000 people.

Overview

Although it is one of the region’s more stable countries, Senegal remains a low-income, food-deficit nation with an estimated population of 13.7 million. Senegal is ranked 154 out of 186 on the 2013 Human Development Index.  

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