Low, rolling desert plains in the north give way to foothills in the southeast. The tropical climate includes a May to November rainy season and a dry season from December to April. Natural resources include iron ore, fish and phosphates.
Most Senegalese work in agriculture, growing groundnuts, corn, rice, and cotton. It is a leading center for European and trans-Atlantic travel. Other important industries include fish processing, petroleum refining, and mining of phosphates and iron ore. However almost half of the population is unemployed, with 29.6% living below the poverty line. Despite clear progress over the past decade, many MDGs will be difficult to achieve. Many families face chronic food insecurity, and stunting is a serious problem affecting one in four children. WV is especially engaged in the rural southern half of Senegal.
Senegal’s largest ethnic group, the Wolof, make up more than 43 percent of the population. French is the official language, but most people speak other languages, especially the indigenous language of Wolof.
Access to safe water
Average annual income
Senegal ranks 154 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. Around half of the population is unemployed and more than 29 percent of people live below the poverty line (UNICEF, 2007-2011).
The quality of healthcare in Senegal has decreased due to a shortage of funding and trained staff.
Many families face chronic food insecurity. 20,000 children in Senegal were estimated to be severely malnourished in 2012, and malnutrition continues to be a persistent issue.
Senegal has a low literacy rate of under 50 percent and low enrollment rates in primary and secondary schools. Many children do not go to school because they can’t afford uniforms and supplies. School also lack funding and basic resources, including textbooks, electricity and running water.
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Improving family health by expanding healthcare services and focusing on malaria prevention, maternal and neonatal health, nutrition, HIV and AIDS awareness and immunisations.
Offering children access to quality education and improving school facilities.
Continuing to improve clean water access with new wells and training technicians on how to maintain and repair existing wells.
Helping victims of drought and providing food, counseling and improved water access during the 1980s.
Implementing a locust control programme to prevent future crop loss in the 1980s.
Improving literacy and health, drilling wells and improving agriculture since the 1990s.
Focusing on AIDS and HIV awareness, sanitation, water development, education and other interventions since 2000.