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Food Security Support Project in Louga, Matam and Kaffrine Regions (PASA/Lou-Ma-Kaf)

$40 million to promote livestock and crop production in vulnerable zones, including investments focused on provision of water management systems, rural roads, and animal vaccination centers.
Photo: AfDB


Senegal remains one of the poorest countries in the world and is ranked 162 out of 187 countries in terms of the Human Development Index. Although contributing only about 18% of GDP, the agricultural sector employs more than 50% of the workforce. Senegal continues to rely on rain-fed agriculture with only 5% of the land irrigated. Subsistence rain-fed agriculture in a semi-arid zone is highly vulnerable to drought, soil degradation, and to the effects of climate change. Less than 2% of the cultivated areas are irrigated, despite huge potential in surface water and run-off water. The livestock sub sector is also an important component of the Senegalese economy, accounting for about 37% of agricultural GDP, and consisting of about 3,000,000 people mainly from the most vulnerable segments of the rural areas.


PASA Lou/Ma/Kaf works to improve food security, rural incomes, and resilience to climate change among three weather hazard-prone regions with nearly 2 million inhabitants and more than 3 million ruminants through access to water and sustainable inputs, land tenure security, and improved soil fertility. Specifically, the project improves small-scale producers’, women, and farmers’ organizations access to a wide range of agricultural and livestock infrastructure, such as drip irrigation through boreholes and market gardens (mini-boreholes, wells), lowland development for rice and horticultural farming developed through the establishment of impounding sills and anti-salt dams, and constructed or rehabilitated livestock boreholes equipped with drinking troughs. The project also strengthens mechanisms for extension services, supports advisory services in developed sites, creates jobs for youth, organizes producers (farmers and breeders), and processes and markets the produce.

Project Status



  • Senegal



Focus area

  • Climate Change
  • Inclusive Business

Supervising entity

  • AfDB


As of December 2020, PASA Lou/Ma/Kaf has reached 435,433 people, 60 percent are women, surpassing the end-of-project target of 390,000. The project has provided 55,800 client days of extension services to farmers and community members; provided 4,870 hectares of land with new irrigation and drainage services, surpassing the end-of-project target of 2,110; supported 634 producer-based organizations, surpassing the end-of-project target of 213; and helped construct 117 kilometers of roads and 28 rural markets/market centers. To reinforce producers’ resilience against COVID-19, the project provided them with additional agricultural inputs (seeds and fertilizers).