WFP Senegal Country Brief, November 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

USD 650,600 cash-based transfers

USD 21 m six months (December 2020 - May 2021) net funding requirements.

100,550 people assisted in November 2020

Operational Updates

  • COVID-19 response: WFP continued to participate in the technical and logistics committees set up by the Government and the United Nations to facilitate the COVID-19 response, including the implementation of the national emergency plan.

  • School feeding: In partnership with the Ministry of National Education, WFP intends to assist 1,264 schools and some 235,000 pupils during the current school year (2020-2021). This represents 54 percent increase compared to 2019. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is partly funding the intervention, to support the fight against COVID-19’s impacts. School feeding operations started in November.

  • In addition, advocacy actions and preparations are in progress for the launch in 2021 of a national home-grown school feeding programme based on Senegalese agriculture. On 25 November, WFP Senegal’s Country Director signed a protocol with the international painter Kalidou Kassé to kick-off an art contest on school canteens’ benefits. Mr. Kasse is a member of the high-level Group of School feeding Friends of Senegal (GAASS), an informal advocacy network created in 2019 that mainly attracts Senegalese personalities from the world of sports, political life, culture and diplomacy.

  • Nutrition: In partnership with the Ministry of Health, WFP assisted 5,103 children aged 6-59 months through 61.2 MT of nutritious products in 39 health districts. Moreover, to better meet Government's priorities, WFP organised a lessons learnt workshop of the integrated approach (nutrition combined with cash transfers and resilience activities) implemented in the departments of Matam,
    Podor, and Salémata.

  • Resilience: Preparations are ongoing to launch the implementation of the joint WFP, IFAD and FAO resiliencebuilding initiative (2021-2023) targeting the Matam (Podor and Kanel) and Tambacounda (Goudiry) regions. As part of the Food assistance for assets (FFA) component, some 59,400 persons received cash after participating to intensive community works and assets creation. Targeted beneficiaries come from vulnerable households already assisted by WFP during the lean season intervention. By providing an integrated assistance package to shockaffected households, WFP builds their resilience and ensures that they are better equipped to improve their livelihoods means and face future trials.