Senegal and U.S. governments announce plan to tackle malnutrition at launch of Feed the Future Kawolor project

The Senegalese Ministry of Agriculture and the U.S. Embassy in Dakar launched the five-year Senegalese National Feed the Future plan last week. Tackling malnutrition and hunger, the plan includes funding for Feed the Future projects, including the Feed the Future Kawolor project.

Ambassador Mushingi inspects seeds during the launch of the Feed the Future Kawolor project. Ambassador Mushingi inspects seeds during the launch of the Feed the Future Kawolor project. Ambassador Mushingi inspects seeds during the launch of the Feed the Future Kawolor project. The Senegalese Ministry of Agriculture and the U.S. Embassy in Dakar launched the five-year Senegalese National Feed the Future plan last week. Tackling malnutrition and hunger, the plan includes funding for Feed the Future projects, including the Feed the Future Kawolor project.

According to U.S. Ambassador to Senegal Tulinabo Mushingi, this ambitious plan aims to "sustainably reduce hunger, poverty and malnutrition in the world." The plan has three key goals including developing agricultural potential "to make it the engine of economic growth," strengthening resilience and improving nutrition.

The first project was also launched during the event—the Feed the Future Kawolor project. Implemented by NCBA CLUSA and its partners, the $40 million dollar USAID-funded Kawolor project aims to "increase the production, marketing and consumption of diversified, healthy and nutritious food within the project's customer communities,” said Karl Rosenberg, NCBA CLUSA’s Chief of Party for the project.

"The word kawolor is a Diola [an ethnic group in the south of the country] concept that was chosen by the communities to impart a dynamic of abundance, reproduction and prosperity,” Rosenberg said. The Kawolor project will target 150,000 households reaching 1.5 million people using the unique nutrition-led agriculture approach, which improves resilience and health by improving access to healthy foods and improving the diet.

The representative of Senegal’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Dogo Seck, estimates that the Kawolor project meets the commitments made by the government in the Emerging Senegal Plan (PSE). The ultimate goal is to decrease food aid needed in Senegal, increasing resilience and supporting a nutritious and diverse local food market.

—Read original coverage of this announcement by La Tribune.

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