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Senegal - Leveraging a National Nutrition Program : The Nutrition Enhancement Program Introduced Cash Transfers to Address a Crisis (Inglês)

At the start of the new millennium, malnutrition in Senegal was a major concern. Nearly one in every three children under five years were stunted, one in ten were wasted, and two in ten were underweight. Rates varied by geography and by income, with the poor and rural, and residents of the north, south and central zones, suffering more than others. The Nutrition enhancement program in Senegal introduced cash transfers as part of a response to the food price crisis, building on a well-established community-centered nutrition program that leverages broad participation to deliver training, micronutrients and asset transfers. It targets children under five as well as pregnant and lactating women, providing benefits to seventy percent of the country’s population. The social transfer aspect provides an unconditional cash transfer to participating mothers. The cash is expected to support the purchase of nutritious foods and other services that promote the development of children.


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    The Nutrition Enhancement Program Introduced Cash Transfers to Address a Crisis

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    Cash Transfer; loss of purchasing power; maternal and child nutrition; nutritious food; social transfer; adequate weight gain; food security initiative; cash transfer scheme; Community Services; monitoring program; global food; community nutrition; childhood illness; targeted population; cultural value; behavior change; acute malnutrition; community level; small-scale livestock; accountability mechanism; vulnerable household; outcome indicator; asset transfer; performance assessment; broad participation; nutrition program; communications campaign; investment need; food price; vulnerable family



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