At the westernmost point of mainland Africa, Senegal is often regarded as one of the continent’s success stories. It has remained relatively stable and retains good diplomatic and economic relations with western countries, yet daily life is still a struggle for many Senegalese and an estimated 65% of the rural and 58% of the urban population live below the poverty line.
And although Senegal has relatively good nutrition rates compared to many of its neighbours, parts of the country are vulnerable to the severe food shortages that afflicted west Africa in 2010 and 2012.
Lack of food remains a significant factor in Senegal’s high under-five and maternal mortality rates.
Christian Aid maintains a small but targeted programme in Senegal. Our priorities include helping some of the poorest farming communities increase their yields. We also work to improve access to education, including literacy training for women and girls.
• RADI (an African network for integrated development) runs food security programmes with women’s groups in northern Senegal as well as programmes to help them understand and claim their rights.
What you can do
• Help us continue our work in Senegal and around the world by donating.
• Take action to help eradicate poverty and injustice across the world.
• Find out more about Senegal by visting the UN website.
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