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GAFSP Senegal

Strengthening Rural Women鈥檚 Livelihood for a Sustainable Economic Development in the Eastern Region of Senegal

番茄社区 the Project

This Missing Middle Initiative (MMI) pilot project in Tambacounda聽and Kedougou regions in east Senegal supports two producer organizations, l鈥橝ssociation des producteurs de la vall茅e du fleuve Gambie (APROVAG) and Yacare Niani Wulli聽(YNW), to strengthen rural people鈥檚 livelihoods for sustainable economic development. The project will increase governance, production, and management capacities of聽smallholder producers; improve women鈥檚 participation and bargaining power in key聽decision-making in rural areas; reinforce rural entrepreneurship initiatives initiated by聽women and the youth; increase commercial contracts between the POs and the private聽sector that benefits each actor and integrate POs鈥 economic activities in the food value聽chain; and strengthened financing capacities of smallholder producers through the POs.聽

Bananas are in great demand in Senegal鈥檚 cities and provide an income-generating opportunity for smallholder farmers. But, they require a lot of water to grow, so the drought and dry periods farmers regularly face can seriously stress the plants unless irrigation is readily available. When ample healthy banana crops grow, farmers lack disease-free planting materials to harvest them. This project aims to create more-sustainable banana production, thus boosting incomes and livelihoods, through support to producer organizations. In 2020, the project received additional funding for medium- to long-term responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, used to procure and distribute inputs to banana producers who had suffered losses caused by the restrictive measures during the peak of the pandemic period 2020 and to strengthen producer organizations鈥 management information systems and develop their business models for productive investment to improve producer marketing capacity.

Results

As of December 2021, the project has reached 1,685 people, including 979 women, and members of producer organizations. The members of partner producer organization APROVAG have seen increases in the productivity of their banana plantations as a result of 7,000 renewed vitro plants in genetic material, distributed among producers with improved organic inputs. The project also disseminated two water pumping stations with good agriculture practices. A preliminary assessment shows that 47 producers have resumed their production activities on a 12.5-hectare plot, with yields increasing substantially.

Country

  • Senegal

Project Status

Active

Funding

Public

Supervising entity

  • FAO

Call Year

2017

GAFSP Funding Amount

2.48

Contact

Amadou Souare
kawsouare@yahoo.fr

Ibrahima Faye
Ibrahima.Faye@fao.org

Moussa Djagoudi
moussa.djagoudi@fao.org

Benoist Veillerette
benoist.veillerette@fao.org