The country office was continuously involved in the monitoring of the post-election context in Gambia with the humanitarian country team and the food security working group.
The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative staff from the country office, the resilience unit of WFP West Africa regional office and the sub-office of Tambacounda joined forces to carry out a training for trainers and a community-based participatory planning exercise in villages of Tambacounda region.
Nutrition: The last distribution for the prevention of malnutrition was conducted in Podor and Linguère departments. A total of 17,166 children aged 6-23 months were assisted. Also, 711 moderately malnourished children received specialized nutritious food in health centers for the treatment of malnutrition.
School meals: During the 26th Summit of the African Union, Senegal and 19 other African countries have been selected for a study on sustainable school meals in Africa. This study will contribute to a better understanding of school meals programmes while identifying the best local opportunities and good practices for a sustainable home grown school feeding programme.
Resilience and Rural Development: From 10 to 14 January, a team composed of staff from R4 team, the regional bureau and Tambacounda suboffice conducted a training in villages of the region of Tambacounda on community-based planning for a pool of future trainers that included local authorities, decentralized technical services, implementing partners, UN funded programme, UN agencies and NGOs. The objective of the exercise was to accompany the communities in identifying priority actions to carry out in the village during 2017 by WFP and its partners, to increase the resilience of a community whose vulnerable groups suffer from food insecurity, land degradation and lack of access to basic social services.
Logistics: A regional Supply chain workshop was held in Dakar to discuss the new changes WFP is going through and how it will be adapted and integrated at the country office level to achieve the Zero Hunger objective. The way supply chain activities will contribute to capacity-strengthening activities in line with the new Country Strategic Plan, as well as supply chain activities in the region have also been discussed.
WFP urgently needs USD 4.3 million for the next six month under PRRO 200681. The lack of funding affects all WFP planned activities such as school meals, rural development, nutrition, capacity development and augmentation activities.