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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)
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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
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