Senegal: Food Insecurity Emergency Appeal (MDRSN011)

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This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 2.5m to enable the IFRC to support the Senegal Red Cross Society (SRCS) to deliver assistance and support to a total of 72,000 people consisting of immediate or short-term assistance to some 40,000 people (5,000 households plus 1,760 children and pregnant / lactating women) and mid to longer-term support to some 32,000 people (4,000 households) over a total timeframe of 12 months, with a focus on food security, nutrition promotion, building resilience, and National Society capacity building and Disaster Risk Reduction in the four departments of Kanel (Matam Region), Podor (Saint Louis Region), Fatick (Fatick Region) and Goudomp (Sedhiou Region).

The disaster and the Red Cross and Red Crescent response to date

Rainfall deficit and breaks throughout the period from June to October 2014

September-November 2014: Participation of Senegal Red Crescent Society in several assessments with other humanitarian actors. “Rural Agriculture and Food Security and Nutrition (ERASAN)” published in October 2014, Harmonized Framework” published in November 2014

December 2014: Regional update of Food Security and Nutrition situation in Sahel countries

20 January 2015: First strategy call for Sahel Food Security crisis

March 2015: Definition of “Sahel Food Insecurity Regional Operational Strategic Plan 2015”, and meeting with donors (USAID and ECHO)

March 2015: Second harmonized framework assessment April 2015: Launch of Emergency Appeal for CHF 2.5m, with Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of CHF 150,000 as start-up funding,