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Senegal Map


The agriculture sector in Senegal is compounded with several risks and constraints with negative impacts on foods and livelihoods security, especially for smallholder farmers. The World Bank RAS 2015, which focused on crops identified erratic rainfall, drought, plant pest and diseases as major risks in Senegal. Whereas the PARM RAS 2016 prioritized the livestock and fisheries sub-sectors and identified animal diseases, bushfires, and illicit fisheries. These risk assessments empower farmers, governments and their partners in making the best decisions to minimize negative impacts of risks and take advantage of investment opportunities.

Parm Phases Status

Setting Up
Risk Assessment
Policy Dialogue
Follow Up

Setting Up

March 2015 - World Bank ARM Workshop

PARM participated in the World Bank “Risk Assessment and Response in the agricultural sector” workshop held on the 12 March 2015 to explore synergies with the on-going ARM initiatives. The Platform also presented its set-up mission in Senegal.

April 2015 - Setting-up Mission

A joint PARM-NEPAD first country visit in Senegal was undertaken on 13-19 April 2015 with the organization of a one-day inception workshop.

The mission represented the first step in the PARM process. It was also a means for PARM to identify the synergies in the World Bank Risk Assessment Study (RAS).

PARM’s mission was fulfilling as the MoA expressed commitment to integrate PARM’s activities into the national agenda. As such, a multi-sector pool of experts was formed to identify the gaps in the World Bank RAS to be integrated (partially or totally) by PARM.

Official Commitment from the Government

The official commitment from the Government has been formally expressed by a letter addressed to PARM.

May 2015 - Road Map Development

A roadmap was developed by the Government in collaboration with the CAADP Focal Point.


Risk Assessment

February 2016 - Follow-up Mission and Validation of the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Risk Assessment Study (RAS)

This follow-up mission was organized to meet the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment (MAER), to strengthen synergies with the national and regional partners, and to validate the ToR for the Risk Assessment Study. A PARM country liaison officer was also identified.

March 2016 - Capacity Development Seminar and Information Systems Technical Meeting

A capacity development was organized in partnership with NEPAD and the Ministry of Agriculture, to present the holistic approach to agricultural risks and ARM, and to discuss the prioritization of risks in Senegal. It was attended by key stakeholders from the government, research institutions, and farmers‘ organizations.

The training contributed to :

  1. Enhancing participants’ skills on Agriculture Risk Management (ARM) for an understanding of the holistic approach to agricultural risk
  2. Elaborating key concepts in ARM and use them to identify and analyze risks in agriculture
  3. Giving a first-hand introduction to risk assessment methods and to some risk management tools available in Senegal

A technical meeting was also organized to discuss the study undertaken by CEIGRAM on Information Systems for Agricultural Risk Management in Senegal and 6 other African countries. Fruitful exchanges and feedback led to a better alignment of the study with the needs and realities of the country.

April 2016 - Risk Assessment Study (RAS) Kick-Off

Experts were identified and contracted to undertake the RAS in Senegal, focusing on two key sub-sectors: fisheries and livestock. The study was undertaken in collaboration with local research centers and practitioners.

June 2016 - Risk Assessment Workshop

A National Stakeholder Workshop took place in late June 2016, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and NEPAD. The objective of the workshop was to present and discuss the on-going  Risk Assessment Study and identify priorities risks and ARM tools.

September 2016 - Validation of RAS Report and Preparation for Feasibility Studies

Key outputs from the stakeholders at the workshop were integrated into the RAS reports and submitted to the Ministries of Livestock and Fishery for final validation and integration into their official sectorial official papers.

Stakeholders also discussed and identified three potential ARM tools for feasibility studies;

  1. access to information by farmers
  2. capacity development on ARM for extension services and farmers
  3. access to rural finance services through remittances.
March 2017 - ‎Mission on Capacity Development Activities

PARM met four Senegalese universities to discuss their interests and capacity to develop, organize and deliver a 5-day training course on Agricultural Risk Management (CD2) mainly, but not exclusively for extension service personnel. The universities are UCAD (Universite Cheikh Anta Diop), Universite de Thies, ENSA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agriculture), USSEIN (Universite Du Sine Saloum El-Hadj Ibrahima Niass) and Université Gaston Berger (UGB).

April 2017 - Call for Proposal and Selection of the University for CD2 ‎

A call for proposal was sent to the four Universities and after a review from the evaluation committee, UCAD was selected to deliver the CD2 training.

October 2017 - UCAD ‎Delivers the ARM training course (CD2‎)

The pilot ARM training course developed and organized by Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD), in collaboration with other Senegalese Universities was successfully delivered on the 9th to 13th October 2017 in Dakar.


Policy Dialogue

November 2016 - Development of ToR for Feasibility Studies

Following the stakeholders’ identification of the three potential ARM tools (access to information, remittances/rural finance, and capacity development), ToR for a feasibility study on each of the tools was developed and validated by the technical committee at the MAER. An open call was announced for two ARM tools –  access to information and remittances/rural finance.

The third tool (capacity development) as per PARM capacity development methodology was initially discussed with the MAER and Univ. Gaston Berger.

May 2017 - Kick off Feasibility Studies on Remittances and Access to Information

CIRAD was contracted to undertake the feasibility study on access to information, whilst the RMDA (Red Mangrove Development Advisor) was contracted for remittances.

July 2017 - High-level Policy Dissemination Workshop

The workshop headed by the Ministry of Agriculture (MAER) with the participation of the Ministry of Finance and bilateral partners aimed to disseminate the results from the two feasibility studies and to discuss with the Government and stakeholders on how the ARM interventions can be incorporated into the country’s policy strategies and investment plans.

Discussions on potential modalities and target groups for the CD3 training also emerged.

October 2017‎ - Training on ARM tools (CD3)

Two one-day CD3 training activities on how to use the identified ARM tools were organized at MAER premises and delivered on 16th and 17th October 2017 by PARM consultants who conducted the Feasibility Studies on Access to Information (CIRAD) and Remittances (RMDA). Each training included participants from MAER Technical Committee and private/NGO sector.

May 2018‎ - Development of the ToR for Feasibility Study on Capacity Development

In order to sustain and strengthen the CD activities implemented in Senegal, PARM is working closely with the MAER to contract a local consultant to conduct a feasibility study with an investment plan to facilitate the institutionalization of the CD activities into the universities and extension service programs across the country.