Senegal is one of the seven Sahelian countries where the number of food-insecure people will increase significantly, from 314,600 people currently to 548,000 people during the 2018 lean season.
The situation is particularly worrying in the north-eastern departments, projected to fall into crisis. An increase in food prices can already be observed and there is growing risk of migration and resources competition.
WFP is preparing its contribution to the WFP Sahel Shock Response (SSR) and to the Senegalese Government’s response plan (PUSA 2018). Resource mobilization is ongoing for a timely start of interventions.
From January to December 2018, WFP Senegal will operate under the Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (T-ICSP). The TICSP will enable the office to design a new Country Strategic Plan (2019-2023).
WFP Sahel Shock Response (SSR): According to the results of the November 2017 Cadre Harmonisé, 314,000 people are currently severely food insecure in Senegal and 548,000 people will fall into crisis during the 2018 lean season (expected to start in April this year). In January 2018, a high-level government assessment mission took place in northern Senegal for the development of a food security response plan (PUSA 2018). The Government has approached key partners such as WFP to scale up their interventions to help cover affected populations targeted by the PUSA.
WFP plans to support the PUSA by assisting 130,000 people in Matam and Podor departments, located in the north, with targeted food assistance (TFA) and nutrition interventions.
Nutrition: From 24 to 27 January, WFP and the National Agency against Malnutrition (CLM) jointly organized a capacity building workshop in the Medina Yero Foula department located in Kolda region in southern Senegal. Attended by 30 participants, the training focused on nutrition-sensitive agriculture and the value chain approach. Representatives of regional and medical authorities as well as NGO partners participated to the workshop.
Resilience and Rural Development (R4 initiative): WFP continued preparing the second phase of the R4 initiative (2018-2021). WFP, the Ministry of Agriculture (under the chairmanship of the Director of Agriculture) and World Vision organised a workshop to present stakeholders with a practical guide for the creation and management of village cereal banks (VCB). The guide builds on WFP’s VCB experience: the country office supported the establishment of over 900 VBCs between 2009 and 2015. The guide also draws on in-depth study (November -December 2017) on the impact of VCBs and on Standard Operating Procedures validated in June 2016 by stakeholders.
School meals: On 30 January, WFP (regional and country offices) carried out a media trip in Kaolack and visited a beneficiary school in the Niorio department. The mission was jointly organised with several medias groups (BBC, China Global Television Network, West Africa Democracy Radio and Le Soleil newspaper) to highlight school meals as a key investment mechanism in local economy and education.