Through a country programme and a protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO), WFP aims to provide food and nutrition assistance to over 1 million people in Senegal in 2013. WFP’s interventions support the government's efforts to achieve objectives set out in the National Strategy for Economic and Social Development 2013-2017.
WFP works in collaboration with the Government of Senegal, United Nations and NGO partners and the Red Cross to promote food and nutrition security in all 14 regions of Senegal. The country programme addresses longer-term development objectives in nine regions, namely Diourbel, Fatick, Kaffrine, Kaolack, Kedougou, Louga, Matam, Tambacounda and Thies.
Initially limited to the conflict-affected Casamance (Kolda, Sedhiou and Ziguinchor), the PRRO was expanded to include all regions to enable WFP to scale up interventions in response to the 2012 Sahel food and nutrition crisis in Senegal. The government tasked WFP with the operational lead in the response to the 2012 food crisis. Most relief activities, such as targeted food and cash voucher distributions and the creation and restocking of village cereal banks, were implemented from April to October 2012, at the peak of the longer-than-usual lean season.
Recovery activities, including Food for Assets interventions, the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition among children under five and pregnant and lactating women and school feeding continued. Overall, WFP assisted 1.8 million vulnerable men, women and children in 2012 with 38,000 MT of food assistance and US$4 million worth of cash vouchers.
In 2013, short-term humanitarian activities and support to Government-led safety nets and longer-term resilience building continue to underpin WFP’s response in Senegal. WFP has expanded local procurement of cereals and pulses as a way to stimulate local agricultural production, increase incomes of small producers and supply school canteens (Purchase from Africans for Africa). WFP also pilots the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative, which mobilizes rural communities around building agricultural assets through insurance, credits and savings, and works to strengthen the national early warning system, which focuses on food security and nutrition monitoring and the African Risk Capacity project’s weather insurance scheme.