Senegal

Country Profile
Senegal
Population
13
Million
Poverty
47
Percent
47% of people in Senegal live below the poverty line
GDP
14
Percent
Agriculture accounts for almost 14% of GDP
Labor
68
Percent
Agriculture employs 68% of the labor force
Nutrition
16
Percent
16% of children under 5 suffer from stunting; 17% are underweight
Undernutrition persists as a factor in Senegal’s high under-five and maternal mortality rates

Senegal is among the most stable and promising countries in the volatile West African region yet 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. 

The Government of Senegal’s growing investment in agriculture (of more than 10 percent per year) has opened the door for progress in food security. In 2009, the country finalized its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Investment Plan, setting a long-term vision for agricultural development as the primary

Over the next five years in Senegal, Feed the Future aims to help an estimated 445,000 vulnerable Senegalese women, children and family members—mostly smallholder farmers—escape hunger and poverty. More than 188,000 children will be reached with services to improve nutrition and prevent stunting and child mortality. Significant numbers of additional rural populations will achieve improved income and nutritional status from strategic policy engagement and institutional investments.

To meet its objectives, Feed the Future Senegal is making core investments in five interrelated areas: 

  1. Increased productivity and market linkages in key value chains.

For more resources on Feed the Future strategy and implementation in Senegal, visit the Strategy tab.