Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Photo by: Office of the Prime Minister of Greece / CC BY-SA

Canada is launching a food security and nutrition project to help Senegal in its fight against hunger and malnutrition.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his government will be allocating $20 million to the Integrated Support to Food Security and Nutrition project during a recent bilateral visit to the African country.

The three-year initiative aims to address immediate needs such as food assistance to vulnerable households and nutritional supplements to pregnant women and children. It will also deal with long-term needs, including boosting food security and building resilience by enhancing agricultural practices and production, and providing access to better seeds for cultivation and technical assistance.

“Hunger, food shortages, and inadequate nutrition continue to devastate parts of Senegal,” Harper said in a press release where he also mentioned the target result: Improve thousands of citizens’ lives.

The initiative builds on Canada’s 2010 commitment to address hunger and malnutrition in the African country, and reaffirms the donor country’s focus on boosting global food security.

Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, will partner with the World Food ProgramFood and Agriculture Organization and UNICEF for a more comprehensive and effective approach to the malnutrition and hunger crises in Senegal.

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