The Government of Senegal donates to WFP in hopes of a nation-wide impact

President of Senegal Macky Sall shakes hands with WFP Senegal Country Director Ingeborg Maria Breuer. WFP/Paulele Fall

The Government of Senegal has recently donated 1.5 billion CFA (3 million USD) to reach those affected by the food and nutrition crisis who are not currently receiving WFP food assistance.

“806,000 vulnerable people have been targeted by WFP assistance through targeted food and cash vouchers distributions. To date you [WFP] have reached more than one million people in 12 out of the 14 regions in Senegal,” said President Macky Sall.  

President Macky Sall added, “My hope is that this assistance continues to support more Senegalese affected by the food crisis, especially in areas not yet reached such as the northern part of Senegal, Dakar and its suburbs, Thies and the centre of the country, and the Saloum islands.” 

In late September 2012, President Macky Sall and WFP Senegal Country Director Ingeborg Maria Breuer met for an interview joined by Minister of Economy and Finance Amadou Kane and Minister of Women, Children and Women’s Entrepreneurship Maimouna Sarr. 

"We are honored by this very special gesture which reflects the commitment of the President of the Republic to work actively for the welfare of Senegalese people. We are especially grateful for the trust placed in us to respond urgently to the needs of the most vulnerable Senegalese,” said WFP Senegal Country Director Ingeborg Maria Breuer. 

Part of the donation by the Government of Senegal will be used to reinforce WFP cash vouchers activities. 

WFP Senegal Country Director Ingeborg Maria Breuer reassured President Macky Sall on the rigor and transparency that will guide the management and implementation of the cash voucher distributions in the areas indicated by the Senegalese administrative authorities. 

Joint teams with the Government of Senegal and partners involved in the emergency response will soon carry out the targeting of people to be assisted.  Distribution operations are set to beging in the next few weeks once the areas of intervention are identified. 

"We acknowledge WFP’s professionalism, the relevance of strategies implemented in the context of the response to the food and nutrition crisis in Senegal, and also the transparency in which these programs are executed,” said President Macky Sall.  “WFP warned public authorities early on, which led us to react quickly when we assumed our presidency.” 

“We are actively committed to work closely with the government at both strategic and operational levels to ensure that food safety issues are permanently resolved in Senegal,” said WFP Senegal Country Director Ingeborg Maria Breuer.