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: