Senegal

Country Profile
Senegal
Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Senegal and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
5.7
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
46.7
Percent
Percentage of people living below national poverty line (ANSD, 2011)
Malnutrition
14.4
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 who are underweight (World Bank, 2012)
Rural
57
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Senegal (World Bank, 2012)
GDP
3.5
Percent
Annual GDP growth. Agriculture accounts for 16.7% of added value (World Bank, 2012)
Farmers
105
Thousand
Producers using new technology & skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY13
Sales
$13
Million
Value of Feed the Future farmers sales in FY13
Nutrition
15.9
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY13
Land
34.7
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY13
Investment
$3.3
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY13
Senegal’s growing investment in agriculture has opened the door for progress

Senegal is among the most stable and promising countries in the West Africa region, but has experienced low economic growth rates in recent years with only a small percentage of growth attributable to agriculture. Poor infrastructure, longstanding underinvestment, and an inhibiting policy environment continue to challenge the sector, though progress is being made in all these areas.

The Government of Senegal’s growing investment in agriculture (of more than 10 percent per year) has opened the door for progress. In 2009, the country finalized its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)

Results by the numbers*

  • 105,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time on more than 34,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers sold more than $13.6 million (USD) worth of agricultural products
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $3.3 million (USD)

Senegal has great potential to increase agriculture-led economic growth. The country has abundant land, motivated agricultural entrepreneurs, and access to international markets through a major port. Due to reasonably good governance, government investment, and considerable donor support, Senegal’s transportation, irrigation, communications and financial infrastructure are steadily improving. 

Women already play a key role in value chain work, but there are further opportunities to engage and empower them. The climate in Feed the Future target regions is generally favorable for targeted crops and, with more irrigation and improved seeds, productivity and yields could rapidly

USAID programs in FY13:

  • Economic Growth Project (PCE)
  • Support to the Government of Senegal’s agriculture policy reform, Country Investment Plan and New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition commitments
  • Nutrition-led Agricultural Development Program in Senegal (

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Target Regions

Map of Feed the Future target regions in Senegal

Funding

Funding Graph for Senegal