Canadian Prime Minister Visits Senegal To Be Briefed On WFP's Operations In The Region

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Minister of International Cooperation, Mr. Fantino paid a visit to Senegal where they were briefed on our operations by WFP’s Regional Director, Thomas Yanga.

DAKAR - The Prime Minister used this opportunity to announce a partnership between Canada, WFP, FAO and UNICEF, to address chronic food insecurity in Senegal.  Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is providing $20 million over three years (2012–2015) to the Integrated Support to Food Security and Nutrition project in Senegal. Each agency will bring its specific expertise in the areas of agricultural production, malnutrition and food distribution, for a more comprehensive response to this complex situation, working together in a coherent and efficient manner.

“Hunger, food shortages, and a lack of access to nutritious food is an ongoing crisis across Africa.  Almost one billion men, women, and children face chronic hunger worldwide,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Food shortages not only affect the health of the population, particularly the health of women and children, but also affects the agricultural community as a whole.”

Canada’s contribution to the Integrated Support to Food Security and Nutrition project will address both short-term food assistance needs and contribute to long-term sustainable agricultural practices in Senegal.

The project will improve nutrition and food security in the most vulnerable areas of Senegal, especially for women and children. It will increase agricultural production in areas at risk of food insecurity; provide access to basic food commodities by the local populations in vulnerable areas; provide increased access to chronic malnutrition prevention and therapeutic services in vulnerable areas; increase access to quality seeds; and enhance current agricultural practices.

Canada is WFP’s second largest donor globally and one of our most flexible and committed partners.  Canada has contributed over $40 million to date the Sahel’s current crisis – this is on top of major support to ongoing nutrition and school feeding activities in many Sahel countries.