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Senegal launches new food security and social protection programmes

FAO activities central to Senegal’s rural development

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Abdoulaye Baldé, Senegalese Minister of Agriculture and rural equipment, at FAO headquarters ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti

Rome, le 18 juin 2013- Senegal’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Abdoulaye Baldé, detailed his country’s new food security and social protection programmes at a meeting with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

The programmes are modelled on Brazil’s successful Bolsa Familia social welfare programme, he told the Director-General when they met yesterday during the 38th Session of FAO’s Governing Conference, taking place here from June 15-22. Bolsa Familia was started under former Brazilian President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, with FAO providing technical assistance for its agricultural component.

Graziano da Silva praised Senegal’s achievements in the agricultural sector and asked the Minister to extend his congratulations to Senegal President Macky Sall on his commitment to rural and agricultural development.  Baldé, on his side, expressed his support for the work of FAO and of the Director-General.