Senegal

Feed the Future Country Fact Sheet

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
4.2
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions in Senegal (ANSD, 2014)
Poverty
33.6
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions
Stunting
25
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in the Feed the Future target regions
Rural
55
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Senegal (ANSD, 2014)
GDP
2.8
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 17.5% of added value (World Bank, 2013)
Farmers
84
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY14
Sales
$13
Million
Income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY14 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
25.3
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY14 across Feed the Future target regions
Land
41.7
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY14
Investment
$4
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY14
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 (by over 10 percent per year) has opened the door for progress. In 2009, the country finalized its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program 

Results by numbers

  • Nearly 84,000 farmers and other producers used new technologies and management practices for the first time last year with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on more than 41,700 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers had total agricultural product sales of more than $13.4 million last year.
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $4 million in new private

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,

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Senegal.

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