CERF provides $7 million in response to food assistance in Senegal
11 April 2012: The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has given US$7 million to four UN agencies to provide emergency food aid for most food insecure people in Senegal.
In Senegal, according to United Nations estimates, some 850,000 persons are food insecure. Many households have begun to adapt negative coping strategies, such as limiting the quantity and the number of meals consumed each day, or going into debt in to buy household food.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that some 500,000 children under age 5 are at risk of some form of malnutrition in Senegal, and predicts that 20,000 children will need life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition – a major killer of children under age 5. An estimated 100,000 children also suffer from moderate acute malnutrition in the country.