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.
The Food Security Support Project in Louga, Matam, and Kaffrine (PASA Lou/Ma/ Kaf) works to improve food security as well as rural
incomes by targeting three weather hazard-prone regions, where there are nearly 2 million inhabitants and over 3 million ruminants. The project is expected to reach 390,000 poor people, 40 percent of whom are expected to be women. About 30,000 agro- pastoralists, including 13,000 women and 5,000 youth, will be directly affected by the project, which strengthens the resilience of local ecosystems to climate change. It improves the access of small-scale producers, women, and farmers’ organizations 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 service in developed sites, creates jobs for youth, organizes producers (farmers and breeders), and processes and carries out marketing of the produce.
- Climate Change
- Inclusive Business
The project is expected to reach 390,000 poor people (40 percent women) and about 30,000 agro-pastoralists, including 13,000 women and 5,000 youth. As of December 2019, PASA Lou/Ma/Kaf has benefitted 265,000 people (61 percent women). The project has equipped 2,545 hectares of land with new irrigation and drainage services, supported 191 producer organizations, constructed 111 kilometers of
roads and 14 rural markets/market centers, and created 6,737 direct jobs (60 percent women).
Task Team Leader
Official Project Documents:
- GAFSP Proposal (French)
- GAFSP Proposal
- Cover Letter with Endorsements (French)
- Agriculture and Food Security Policy (French)
- CAADP Compact (French)
- Post Compact Investment Plan (French)
- CAADP Technical Review (French)
- CAADP Business Meeting Communique (French)
- Joint Declaration (French)
- Meeting After CAADP Technical Review (French)
- NAIP Implementation Meeting (French)
- NAIP Implementation Report (French)