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Senegal

Senegal is among the most stable and promising countries in West Africa. Over the past five years, Senegal experienced its strongest period of sustained growth, beginning with 4.5 percent growth in 2011 and ending with 6.6 percent growth in 2016.

  • 125 THOUSAND
    Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY16
  • $14 MILLION
    New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY16 from agricultural sales
  • 646 THOUSAND
    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY16
  • $6.1 MILLION
    New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY16

Impact

  • 58 PERCENT
    Households reached in target regions in 2016 with an array of agriculture and nutrition interventions
  • 30 PERCENT
    Reduction in the prevalence of stunting in children under 5 years old in the areas where Feed the Future has worked 

Key Achievements

Feed the Future facilitated access to $25.3 million in loans in 2016 through contract farming and integrated finance agreements between farmers, wholesalers, millers and finance institutions.

Source

These results reflect information from U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Peace Corps, U.S. African Development Foundation, and U.S. Department of the Treasury (through the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program) reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for fiscal year 2016 (FY16). For more information on the indicators above, please view the Feed the Future Indicator Handbook. All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.

Strategy

  • Increase inclusive agriculture sector growth
  • Improve coastal and marine fisheries management
  • Increase productivity and market linkages in key value chains (rice, maize, and millet)
  • Increase production, trade, and consumption of nutritious foods needed to address nutritional deficiencies
  • Increased women’s empowerment and gender equality
  • Increase access to potable water, improved sanitation, and services for good hygiene
  • Enhance policy reform
  • Improve rural infrastructure
  • Increase human resource capacity in agricultural research and associated higher-education institutions, public and private sectors, and in entrepreneurship and management
  • Coordinate with other U.S. Government initiatives in the country

Zones of Influence in Senegal

Map of Senegal
  • Senegal River Valley
  • Southern Forest Zone
  • Sine Saloum Delta

Background Stats

  • 2.8 MILLION
    Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions (ANSD, 2014)
  • 6.6 PERCENT
    Annual GDP; agriculture accounts for 18% of added value (World Bank, 2016)
  • 56 PERCENT
    Percentage of population living in rural Senegal (World Bank, 2016)
  • 41.3 PERCENT
    Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions

Value Chains

  • Rice (both irrigated and rain-fed)
  • Maize
  • Millet
  • Ocean Fisheries
Mr. Ibrahima Sall, president of Senegal’s Northern Rice Millers Association (ARN) and CEO of Coumba Nor Thiam

Approach

Senegal is among the most stable and promising countries in West Africa. Over the past five years, Senegal experienced its strongest period of sustained growth, beginning with 4.5 percent growth in 2011 and ending with 6.6 percent growth in 2016.

The Government of Senegal’s growing investment in agriculture (surpassing the goal of 10 percent of annual public spending since 2014) has opened the door for progress. In 2009, the country finalized its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program Investment Plan, setting a long-term vision for agricultural development as the primary driver of economic growth. The coordination of this plan is housed in the Office of the Prime Minister, further emphasizing Senegal’s desire to elevate agriculture’s economic and food security profile. The government also signed a New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Cooperation Framework in November 2013, paving the way for increased investment in the agriculture sector.

In Senegal, Feed the Future supports the government’s plans to increase food security and agricultural growth and integrates both poverty reduction and improved nutrition into its strategy. Senegal is characterized by moderate but chronic undernutrition, where anemia and the “hidden hunger” of micronutrient deficiencies feature prominently. Although Senegal has one of the lowest stunting rates in West Africa, the condition persists as an underlying factor in Senegal’s high maternal mortality rates and among children under the age of five.

Activities

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

  • Africa Lead
  • Collaborative Management for Sustainable Fisheries Future in Senegal Plus (COMFISH PLUS)
  • Education and Research in Agriculture
  • Enabling Agricultural Trade
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Grain Legumes
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sorghum and Millet
  • Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation
  • Feed the Future Senegal Naatal Mbay Cereal Value Chain Activity
  • Global Agriculture and Food Security Program
  • International Fertilizer Development Center
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact
  • Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services
  • Nutrition-Led Agricultural Development Program in Senegal (Yaajeende)
  • Strengthening Agriculture Input and Output Markets in Africa Partnership
  • Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING/Senegal)
  • Support to the Government of Senegal’s Agriculture Policy Reforms: Country Investment Plan and New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Commitments
  • USAID-AGRA Global Development Alliance: Strengthening Agriculture Input and Output Markets in Africa
  • USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program

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