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6 May 2015

On April 30, Ouadiour, a village in the Fatick region of Senegal, hosted the official launch of the World Food Programme's new initiative, "School Canteen via Cash Vouchers" which is spreading to six new regions across the country.


18 March 2015

“Sometimes there is rain, but it is not well distributed. We lack good quality seed, and termites eat our plants.” These are, in the words of Binta Ndao, a Senegalese farmer and mother of seven, some of the challenges faced by subsistence farmers in Eastern Senegal. An innovative resilience-building initiative implemented by WFP and Oxfam America is helping farmers like her break out of chronic food insecurity.


12 February 2015

Newly introduced food vouchers enable schools to buy local products and purchase food more regularly.  WFP’s initiative – piloted across 145 schools – ensures not only more nutritious food for children, but it also boosts the local economy and agricultural production.


28 January 2015

Fatou Ba is a 22-year-old mother of four and lives with her family in the small village of Koundiaw Souare, 100 kilometers from the town of Tambacounda in Senegal.

“My husband is a farmer, and when the growing season was not good for the year, he fed our family by selling firewood.”

As in many rural communities in Africa, she and her family live in a fragile, disaster-prone area and depend on agriculture for their livelihood. When the rain comes too early, or too late, the desperate measures they resort to can further degrade their environment, exposing them to greater climate risk.


26 August 2014

In the Ziguinchor region, the World Food Programme (WFP) has implemented a new system that uses text messages, or SMS, to transfer money to people affected by food insecurity during the lean season. So far, this new method has benefited 55,000 people.


30 June 2014

The lean season—which lasts from June to September each year in Senegal—is a difficult period for the poorest families. WFP and the Government of Senegal are working together to ensure they have enough to eat, providing food to some 675,000 people during these difficult months.


12 February 2014

At 200 schools in the Kedougou region of Senegal, children are now eating locally-produced rice, thanks to a programme financed by Brazil and implemented by WFP and FAO. Some 1,000 small producers provided 250 tonnes of paddy rice—half their total production—to school feeding programmes last year, and farmers consumed or sold the rest of their harvest on the local market, increasing their income. The initiative is a prime example of South-South cooperation and of integrated development set to expand. 

Food for Assets
23 December 2013

The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative aims to help the rural poor protect their crops and livelihoods from the impacts of climate variability and change, including drought. In Kouthiacoto Ndéné, in the region of Tambacounda in eastern Senegal, WFP and its partners have launched a pilot phase of the R4 project. 

 

Purchase for Progress
13 May 2013

“Purchase from Africans for Africa”, or PAA Africa, is an innovative programme recently launched in Senegal based on Brazil’s experience with its “Food Purchase Programme (PAA)”.  The goal of PAA Africa is two-pronged: to increase access to food and support small-holder farms.


11 April 2013

Efforts to hold back the Sahara Desert with a wall of vegetation are paying off in Senegal where communities harvest fresh fruits and vegetables from the dry desert sands. Providing a much-needed source of nutrition to areas where malnutrition is high, the project also helps communities cope with the rising threat of climate change.