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Strengthening Rural Women’s Livelihood for a Sustainable Economic Development in the Eastern Region of Senegal

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This Missing Middle Initiative (MMI) pilot project in Tambacounda and Kedougou regions in east Senegal supports two producer organizations, l’Association des producteurs de la vallée du fleuve Gambie (APROVAG) and Yacare Niani Wulli (YNW), to strengthen rural people’s livelihoods for sustainable economic development. The project will increase governance, production and management capacities of smallholder producers; improve women’s participation and bargaining power in key decision-makings in rural areas; reinforce rural entrepreneurship initiatives initiated by women and the youth; increase commercial contracts between the POs and the private sector that benefits each actor and integrate POs’ economic activities in the food value chain; and strengthened financing capacities of smallholder producers through the POs. 


The project aims to reach approximately 3,000 people, especially women and youth, who are members of producer organizations. To date, the project has provided more than 300 producers, including nearly 130 women, with more than 2,000 banana vitroplants to renew planting material in the production areas; two motor pumps to improve irrigation systems, benefiting more than 100 producers; and trainings to more than 100 people on water management, restructuring of production monitoring systems and their methodologies and tools, agroecological practices around banana cultivation systems, and inclusive business models.  Additionally, 18 action plans to define priority actions have been developed for micro-enterprises and economic interest groups, benefiting more than 650 producers and 290 entrepreneurs.

Project Status



  • Senegal

Focus area

  • Jobs and Income

Supervising entity

  • FAO


Amadou Souare

Ibrahima Faye