A woman carries a bowl of milk at an Action Against Hunger project in Senegal.

Senegal and The Gambia

Despite having one of the most stable economies in Africa, over half of Senegalese people live below the poverty line. Our team here also manages our programmes in neighbouring The Gambia.

Although Senegal has one of the most stable economies in West Africa, it also has high rates of poverty and unemployment.

The country struggles with high rates of maternal and infant mortality, malaria, poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene and healthcare. Each year, the country sees cases of malnutrition spike in the summer months – with 16.5% of children under five suffering from malnutrition.

Many families in northern Senegal rely on subsistence agriculture or nomadic herding to make a living. They also face some of the most challenging environmental conditions in the world to grow food and rear cattle. In 2019 this led to a severe food crisis affecting 300,000 people during the famine season.

Our reach in Senegal and The Gambia

  • 94,976

    We helped almost 95,000 people in Senegal and The Gambia in 2019.

  • 117

    We have 117 staff based in Dakar, Matam, Podor and Louga.

  • 2012

    We've been working in Senegal since 2012.

Action Against Hunger’s work in Senegal and The Gambia

In Senegal’s capital Dakar, we’ve been focusing on developing innovative employment projects, as well as a new mobile phone app to detect malnutrition.

Other areas of our work in Senegal and The Gambia include:

  • water, sanitation and hygiene projects
  • nutrition activities
  • access to food and livelihoods programmes
  • disaster risk reduction and management
  • mental health support
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