Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement Project in Senegal
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:
The Transition d’Alimentation dans les Cantines Scolaires au Sénégal (TACSS) will support the Suukabe Janngo program in the Saint-Louis region by providing:
By the end of the program, TACCS intends to have served: