Health workers and community members, especially mothers with young children


Reducing malnutrition by improving the health and nutrition of children, mothers and families in poor, rural communities.


Four regions of Senegal: Matam, Bakel, Kédougou and Kolda.


Training community members about growing and eating nutrition-rich food, and improving water sanitation to improve community health.


More than 85 percent of people in Senegal derive their main income from agriculture. At the same time, the country imports 70 percent of its food – more than any other country in the region. As a result, the Senegalese people have been significantly affected by recent droughts and fluctuations in global food prices. Half of all families struggle with poverty and hunger is widespread, with acute malnutrition rates nearing 20 percent in rural areas. Young children are especially impacted and 14 percent of all children under five years old are underweight.


Counterpart implements the nutrition component of the Yaajeende Agricultural Development Program as part of a consortium led by the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA (NCBA CLUSA). Under the nutrition component, we are working to reduce hunger and improve nutrition in rural communities in Senegal by educating families on the importance of a healthy diet and training them to grow nutrient-rich foods. We’re also improving water sanitation to create sources of clean drinking water for communities. Ultimately, the project is expected to help improve the health and nutrition of one million people across 60 of the most rural and impoverished communities of Senegal.


Since launch, the project has:

  • built over 4,327 family gardens and helped implement 168 gardens in schools, health huts, and community administrative offices;
  • held 347 trainings on food processing and management for community members, 84 percent of them women;
  • trained 432 women and 271 men to teach their communities about nutrition — they have held 54,339 health trainings and reached 655,052 women and 64,786 men;
  • held mother-to-mother group meetings, reaching a total of 417,521 lactating or pregnant women;
  • trained 34,889 women and 10,422 men on sanitary washing;
  • trained 13,765 and 725 men to make flour for infants and 7,300 people on how to store food to preserve its nutrients.

Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


Funders: National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA (NCBA CLUSA); United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Collaborators: NCBA CLUSA (lead implementer); Heifer International; Sheladia Associates; University of Dakar.

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