WFP Senegal | Brief - Reporting period: 01 October – 31 December 2015

Situation Report
Originally published


Country Strategy

WFP supports the Government's efforts to meet Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8. In the transition from MDGs to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), WFP Senegal is focusing on - SDG2 to "End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture".

Adjustments to WFP's programme were made in light of the national Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE), adopted in February 2014, which outlines the Government’s priorities for poverty reduction, social protection and economic growth in 2014–2018. WFP Senegal’s protracted relief and recovery operation is aligned with the plan and adopts a twin-track approach to address acute food insecurity in communities affected by shocks, combined with recovery and resilience support. It aims to treat global acute malnutrition where prevalence exceeds 10 percent and preventing it where it exceeds 15 percent; and to strengthen national preparedness and response capacities with integrated earlywarning systems and response tools.

The Country Programme lays the groundwork for hand-over to the Government by strengthening national capacity. It focuses on rehabilitating environmental and productive infrastructures to improve household food security and assist vulnerable groups in rural areas in coping with climate shocks. It provides nutritional support to children under the age of five and pregnant and nursing mothers (PNM), as part of a programme to address acute malnutrition and offer nutritional education. It provides support for the provision of school meals to children in schools. WFP has been present in Senegal since the 1960s.

Summary of WFP assistance:

WFP provides food and nutrition assistance in all 14 regions of Senegal. WFP increasingly aims to provide the most vulnerable communities with an integrated assistance package for better results. WFP’s vision for Senegal is a country free of hunger, in which food access and availability is increased at household level and on local markets, and vulnerable populations are resilient to shocks and can rely on integrated food safety nets to access adequate nutritious food at all times.

Through its Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO), WFP assists vulnerable households through Targeted Food Assistance (TFA) throughout the lean season. Furthermore, a resettlement package is provided to internally displaced persons who have returned to Casamance. WFP also implements other relief activities, including the treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition in areas with serious malnutrition rates. Additionally, the creation of Village food Security Stocks (VSS), FFA and the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative, and school meals form the recovery component.

Within the Country Programme (CP) framework, WFP aims at improving household food security and the capacity of rural communities to mitigate the impact of climatic shocks, provides nutritional support to children under five, Pregnant and Nursing Women (PNW) and improves access to education. Activities include cereal banks, Food Assistance For Assets (FFA), prevention of stunting and school meals activities nationwide with the exception of the conflict-affected Casamance region where this activity is addressed by the PRRO.