WFP Senegal Country Brief, November 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



• The final report of the Zero Hunger Review was officially presented to the President of Senegal in November 2017.

• WFP and the National Agricultural Insurance Company (CNAAS), organised a workshop on the weather index insurance’s expansion in Senegal. The index insurance is one of WFP key innovations.

• Through various activities, the country office staff participated in WFP’s annual campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

Operational Updates

Meeting with the President: On 24 November, a delegation composed of WFP Regional and Country Directors and the Lead Convener of the Zero Hunger Review (ZHR) Pr. Ndioro Ndiaye, met with H.E. Macky Sall, President of Senegal. The objective of the meeting was to officially present the final report of the ZHR, a consultative process to map out the national food insecurity context and propose actions to achieve zero hunger by 2030. Recommendations were discussed, as well as the opportunity of an enhanced collaboration between WFP and the Government of Senegal.
Follow up discussions are ongoing.

Insurance workshop: A workshop was jointly organized with the National Agricultural Insurance Company (CNAAS), on 15 November on the weather index insurance expansion in Senegal. The event was attended by all the key actors working on the index insurance in Senegal. The workshop provided them with a platform to discuss experiences, lessons learned and scaling up opportunities.

Resilience and Rural Development (R4 initiative):
Preparatory activities began for the implementation, from 2018, of the R4 Initiative’s scaling up (2018-2021), funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF). WFP and Oxfam’s R4 teams, as well as an OSZIR mission from WFP headquarters, drafted the 2018 workplan and expansion strategies for the project’s components. Furthermore, WFP’s team carried out a mission to Kolda’s field-office to train local staff on the GCF requirements. An assessment of R4’s implementation in 2017 was also held, with partners from Tambacounda and Kolda.
School meals: To prepare 2017/18 school meals activities, meetings were held in Kolda, Kaolack and Matam regions.

Discussions included an assessment of WFP’s interventions in 2016/17 and recommendations for the upcoming school year.
The implementation plan for 2017/18 and the operationalization of the Government’s allocation for school meals were discussed with education actors.

Targeted Food Assistance (TFA): WFP held a workshop to assess its assistance (vouchers and fortified oil distributions) in the region of Matam during the emergency response plan (PUSA) approved by the Government for the 2017 lean season. Recommendations were made to improve future response plans. This includes, amongst others, quicker governmental approval of the response plan, greater synergies between actors, scaling up of the vouchers modality.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence:
The country office participated to WFP’s annual campaign against gender-based violence. Various actions were taken in Dakar and Kolda offices to express staff’s commitment to the mainstreaming of gender dynamics in the work place. This includes discussions on gender inequalities, advocacy messages, visibility actions and a walkathon to build awareness. A regional caravan was also organized by Kolda’s field office to gather local communities and authorities.