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Senegal Map


The agriculture sector in Senegal is affected by several risks and constraints listed in the studies led by the World Bank and PARM during the period 2015-2016. The study led by the World Bank, focused mainly on crops; has identified erratic rainfalls (and, in extreme situation, drought), plant and pest diseases as major risks. PARM has completed the study in two key areas: livestock and fisheries; the major risks identified are animal diseases, bush fires and illicit fisheries. A good assessment of risks empowers farmers, governments and their partners in making the best decisions to minimize the negative impacts of risks and take advantage of investment opportunities.

Parm Phases Status

Setting Up
Risk Assessment
Policy Dialogue
Follow Up

Setting Up

World Bank ARM Workshop, March 2015

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 and present PARM in view of the setting-up mission.


Setting-up Mission, April 2015

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

The mission represented the first step of PARM process in Senegal and to find synergies with the Risk Assessment Study (RAS) recently undertaken by the World Bank in March 2015.

The main achievement of the mission has been the commitment expressed by the MoA, through the SG, to insert PARM in the national agenda. A multi-sector pool of experts coming from different Ministries and organizations has been constituted to identify the gaps of the World Bank RAS and to be integrated (partially or totally) by PARM.

Official Engagement from the Government

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

Road Map Development, May 2015

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


Risk Assessment

Follow-up Mission and Validation of the Terms of Reference for the Risk Assessment Study, February 2016

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

Capacity Development Seminar and Information Systems Technical Meeting, March 2016

A capacity development was organized in partnership with NEPAD and the Ministry of Agriculture, to present the holistic approach to Agricultural Risk Management and 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) and develop an understanding of the holistic approach to agricultural risk
  2. Elaborating key concepts in ARM and use them to identify and analyse risks in agriculture
  3. Giving a first 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 with local stakeholders. Fruitful exchanges and feedback led to a better alignment of the study with the needs and realities of the national stakeholders.

Risk Assessment Study Kick-Off, April 2016

Experts have been identified and recruited to undertake the Risk Assessment study in Senegal, focusing on two key areas: fisheries and livestock. This study will be undertaken in collaboration with local research centers and practitioners.

Risk Assessment Workshop, June 2016

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


Policy Dialogue

Early identification of area of work for the feasibility studies, September 2016

Potential areas of interest on which focusing the upcoming ARM tools feasibility studies have been discussed during the RAS workshop identifying three main areas: (i) access to information by farmers (ii) capacity development on ARM for extension services and farmers (iii) access to rural finance services through remittances. The development of TORs are expected by the end of the year 2016.

Developement of the ToR of the three studies and selection process of the experts, November 2016

The validation of the ToR by the technical committee at the MAER for the three studies allowed to open the selection process of the consultants in charge of carrying out the studies on the access to information and remittances/ rural finance. The third tool (CD) as per PARM capacity development methodology has been initially discussed with the MAER and Univ. Gaston Berger but could be opened to other research center or universities active on ARM.

PARM mission on institutionalization of high level ARM knowledge, March 2017

PARM has conducted a mission in Senegal, to explore partnerships with Universities and research centres to develop and deliver an advanced ARM training course by July 2017, as part of the PARM Capacity Development Strategy. The aim is to create – after the first ARM training – a permanent ARM capacity to be institutionalized into academic programs and run on demand on MAER/ANCAR. In particular, Universities are keen to develop, organize and deliver the ARM course in partnership with PARM and positive feedback and appreciation have been received by MAER and MESR for the initiative to train extension service and agricultural practitioners.


Kick off of the feasibility studies on remittances and access to information, April 2017

The research center CIRAD was contracted to undertake the feasibility study on access to information and the consulting office RMDA (Red Mangrove Development Advisor) was contracted to undertake the study on remittances. The studies will be presented in June to the technical committee of MAER.

Preminilary Discussion Seminars on the two feasibility studies, July 2017

The MAER hosted two half-day discussions, respectively with RMDA and CIRAD, on the content of the studies and on how to organize the CD3 activities planned in September 2017. The aim of these two seminars was to discuss with the MAER technical committee the preliminary results of the studies carried out by RMDA and CIRAD (respectively on remittance and access to information in the context of ARM), to collect relevant information needed by RMDA and CIRAD to complete the studies and draft the investment plans, and to discuss about potential modalities and target groups for the CD3 trainings.

High level policy dissemination workshop, July 2017

The objective of the workshop was to present and discuss the two feasibility studies on remittances and access to information, obtain feedback from experts and stakeholders and raise awareness about Agriculture Risk Management (ARM) policies and rural finance instruments in Senegal. The workshop also aimed to define the axes of an action plan including a monitoring framework to support the implementation of the ARM tools. This workshop is a milestone for the PARM process in Senegal.