Senegal is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranked 155th out of 187 in the UN Human Development Index. With an estimated 54 percent of its population living below the poverty line, high unemployment and high concentrations of rural poverty, Senegal faces severe challenges. The country’s agricultural production only covers around 52 percent of the country’s total food needs and malnutrition is becoming increasingly common.
Senegal’s limited health system and weak social services conspire to deprive much of the population of adequate food and education for themselves and their children.
Further complicating the situation, a prolonged, low-level separatist conflict in the southern Casamance region continues to claim lives and displace people.
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