In Senegal, the agricultural sector employs approximately 70% of the working population, yet in 2017 its contribution to total GDP was just over 16%. In the same year, persistent droughts resulted in 17% of children under the age of five suffering from chronic malnutrition. Stunting, wasting, and malnutrition have long-term negative effects on human development. Counterpart’s LRP program aims to complement the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Suukabe Janngo program by procuring and supplying local commodities to schools – ultimately combating the negative health impacts resulting from the drought and other complications plaguing Senegal’s agricultural sector.



Counterpart International is currently implementing two USDA funded projects in Saint Louis, Senegal: the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition project (McGovern-Dole) and the Local and Regional Food Aid procurement project (LRP). Both projects support the overarching goal of ensuring that School Management Committees can serve as a sustainable pathway to Community Led School Feeding, even after support from McGovern-Dole comes to an end. Through LRP, Counterpart intends to ensure the sustainability of the McGovern-Dole supported schools through a graduation strategy which will incorporate the local procurement of millet and cowpeas. The program will work to:

  • INCREASE the capacity of schools and the government to effectively procure local commodities to supply school feeding programs;
  • STRENGTHEN Producer Groups’ ability to provide high quality, nutritious commodities and connect them to school feeding programs;
  • IMPROVE nutrition of students by increasing access to and use of various high quality, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods in school meal; and
  • PROCURE cowpea and millet, and support the ability of the local community to produce orange flesh sweet potatoes and mung beans for purchase by schools as a part of providing balanced school meals.



Transition d’Alimentation dans les Cantines Scolaires au Sénégal (TACSS) will support the Suukabe Janngo program in the Saint-Louis region by providing:

  • 975 MT of millet procured through USDA assistance
  • 397 MT of cowpeas procured through USDA assistance

By the end of the program, TACCS intends to have served:

  • 57,450 individuals who will be direct beneficiaries of USDA food security programs
  • 253,664 individuals who will be indirectly benefitting from USDA food security programs
  • 33,392 people participating in safety nets through USDA assistance