Senegal

Country Profile
Senegal
In 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
2.8
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions in Senegal (ANSD, 2014)
Poverty
41.3
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 in 2015/16
Rural
56
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Senegal (World Bank, 2016)
GDP
6.6
Percent
Annual GDP; agriculture accounts for 18% of added value (World Bank, 2016)
Farmers
125
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY16
Sales
$14
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY16 from agricultural sales
Nutrition
646
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY16
Land
96
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY16
Investment
$6.1
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY16
Senegal’s growing investment in agriculture has opened the door for progress

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

Results by Numbers

  • More than 125,000 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 96,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help.

  • Feed the Future-supported farmers, and producers increased the value of their agricultural product sales last year by more than $14 million last

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

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

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