WFP Senegal Country Brief, February 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 28 Feb 2017

Highlights

  • WFP donated protective and production equipment to salt producers in the Fatick region to contribute to government efforts in fighting against iodine deficiency.

  • The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative team shared lessons from their pilot program on climate services at the Fifth International Conference on Climate Services.

Operational Updates

  • Nutrition: On 24 February, the Country Director visited iodized salt producers in the Ndiemou exploitation site, in the Fatick region. He handed over USD 60,000 worth of protective and production equipment purchased through the Unit for the Fight against Malnutrition (CLM). This support came in response to producers groups’ complaints about their precarious working conditions. WFP works in partnership with CLM, the Micronutrient Initiative and UNICEF to support the Government under the universal salt iodization programme.

  • Resilience and Rural Development: WFP participated in the fifth International Conference on Climate Services, jointly organized by the Climate System Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town and the Climate Services Partnership secretariat at the Climate Service Center Germany. The conference focused on capacity strengthening and on forging connections between climate services, governments, and weather dependent businesses. WFP presented on the lessons learned from the Rural Resilience Initiative – a comprehensive risk management approach to help communities become more resilient to climate variability and shocks – under its risk transfer component.

  • The country office was also involved in the elaboration of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) Biennial work plan (2017-2018) and in the annual review for the 2012-2018 UNDAF.

  • Cash-based transfers (CBT): The cash and voucher Working Group held a meeting on 16 February and recommended that the country office develop electronic transfers in support of the initiative of establishing an integrated cash platform. This multipurpose platform will enable a greater synergy between WFP's interventions and that of other partners including the government social protection transfer programmes.

  • Targeted Food Assistance: WFP and the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) held a meeting on the integrated nutrition and food security activities for 2016. An after review workshop to discuss lessons learned, challenges and capitalize on the pilot phase will be organised.

  • School meals: WFP participated to the evaluation of school meals in Senegal by the African Union. The assessment of school meals costs, in accordance with the School Meals Transition Plan, is currently ongoing with support from the Consortium pour la recherche Economique et Sociale in Senegal and the WFP Center of Excellence in Brazil.