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Projects Includes planned, ongoing and closed projects

US$ 865.48 million

Total Project Cost

US$ 313.66 million

Total IFAD financing


Households impacted

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The Context

Senegal, on the western seaboard of Africa’s Sahel region, spans 196,722 km² and had an estimated 15.3 million people as of 2016.

After a decade characterized by slow economic growth, Senegal’s economy has surged, achieving 6.5 per cent growth in 2015.

Mining, farming and fishing are the main economic activities.

Rapid population growth facilitates economic development but also presents a challenge: 20 per cent of young people are unemployed, spurring a rural exodus towards the capital Dakar, other cities, and abroad.

Almost 40 percent of the population lives in rural areas, where the poverty rate was 57.3 per cent, more than twice that of Dakar.

Senegal imports almost 70 per cent of its food and people go hungry even though 60 per cent of the workforce are engaged in food crop production. Yet only 65 per cent of Senegal’s 3.8 million hectares of arable is farmed and 30 per cent of irrigable land used. Small rainfed subsistence farms are the norm.

Farm productivity is held back by:

  • inadequate or irregular rainfall;
  • soil degradation;
  • lack of good-quality seeds and fertilizers;
  • use of traditional techniques and lack of technical support services;
  • lack of access to finance;
  • poor infrastructure that limits access to markets or water;
  • unsuitable land tenure structures;
  • inadequate integration into poorly-organised value chains and an underdevelopedfood processing industry.

Women produce 80 per cent of the country’s food, so empowering them and enhancing their productivity is critical to  developing agriculture and rural areas.

The Strategy

In Senegal, IFAD loans help sustainably increase food security and smallholder incomes and create permanent employment for rural people, particularly women and young people.

IFAD-funded projects help smallholders’ and their organizations gain better access to farm inputs and services, appropriate technologies and markets.

Activities focus on the development of sustainable value chains and the integration of women and youth into economic activities.

IFAD also helps rural people learn how to set up and run businesses.  

Country Facts

During 2015, Senegal’s economy grew by 6.5 per cent, outpaced in West Africa only by Côte d’Ivoire.

Rural women are almost 70 per cent of Senegal’s workforce and produce 80 per cent of the country’s food.

Poverty is more widespread in rural areas, where 75 per cent of poor households live.

Since 1979 IFAD has supported 16 programmes and projects in Senegal, investing US$216.4 million and directly benefiting more than 455,000 rural households.

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Country documents

Country Stragy Note 2017-2018

Type: Country strategy note (CSN)
Region: West and Central Africa

Senegal: Country strategic opportunities programme (2019-2024)

Type: Regional and country document, Country Strategic Opportunities Programme

Republic of Senegal Country strategic opportunities programme

Type: Country Strategic Opportunities Programme
Region: West and Central Africa

Projects and Programmes

PLANNED Under design after concept note approval

APPROVED Approved by the Executive Board or IFAD President

SIGNED Financing agreements signed

ONGOING Under implementation

CLOSED Completed/closed projects

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IFAD and Senegal invest in decent jobs and incomes for poor and marginalized rural young people

September 2019 - NEWS
About 150,000 rural young people in Senegal – 50 per cent of them women - will benefit from a new US$93.3 million project that aims to create income and decent sustainable jobs in agricultural, pastoral and fishery value chains.

Senegal and IFAD partner to promote climate resilient agriculture and rural entrepreneurship

December 2018 - NEWS
Over 43,700 vulnerable rural households in Senegal will benefit from a US$72.4 million programme that aims to improve food and nutrition security and incomes of smallholder crop and livestock farmers in four regions of Senegal.

Décentraliser pour mieux servir les petits producteurs du Sahel

June 2019 - NEWS
Le FIDA, une institution spécialisée du système des Nations Unies, procédera à l’ouverture officielle de son Bureau sous régional, Afrique de l'Ouest, le 25 juin 2019 à Dakar, capitale du Sénégal.

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Gender in climate smart agriculture, Module 18 for the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook

July 2016
This module provides guidance and a comprehensive menu of practical tools for integrating gender in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of projects and investments in climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The module emphasizes the importance and ultimate goal of integrating gender in CSA practices, which is to reduce gender inequalities and ensure that men and women can equally benefit from any intervention in the agricultural sector to reduce risks linked to climate change. Climate change has an impact on food and nutrition security and agriculture, and the agriculture sector is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. It is crucial to recognize that climate change affects men and women differently. The initial assumption is that social differences, particularly gender inequality, must be taken into account to strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of CSA interventions. Women are key players in the agricultural sector, yet compared to men, they own fewer assets and have access to less land, fewer inputs, and fewer financial and extension services.

Senegal: the road to opportunity

April 2016

When the seasonal rains came to some regions of south-eastern Senegal, the flooding used to cut off the inhabitants from the rest of the country. But that has changed with the IFAD-supported project known as PADAER – Projet d’Appui au Développement Agricole et à l’Entreprenariat Rural. Thanks to the projects’ work on rebuilding roads, rural people have new possibilities to make a living, they can access health services and education, and bring their products to markets.

A new lifeline; a new way of life.

For poor rural people, lack of infrastructure often translates into lack of options and alternatives. The project is changing that.

Investir dans les populations rurales au Sénégal

June 2019

Au Sénégal, le FIDA suscite et accompagne les initiatives locales qui visent à améliorer la sécurité alimentaire, à augmenter les revenus des ruraux pauvres, à créer des emplois pour les jeunes et les femmes notamment et à améliorer leurs conditions de vie.

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