SN10 Climate Smart Agriculture and Sustainable Value Chains in Senegal

At a Glance

Strategic Outcomes SO1 Reduced GHG emission, SO2 Creation of green jobs, SO6 Enhanced adaptation to climate change
Start Date Q4  2022
End Date q4 2025
Funding Source Earmarked
Actual Budget (USD) 0
Budget Percentage %
Actual Expenditure (USD)
Status Active
GGGI Share (USD) 3,583,483
Poverty and Gender Policy Markers poverty, gender
Name of Client (Lead/Prime implementer if GGGI is part of a consortium) N/A
Participating Organization (Funding/donor) Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Republic of Korea
Name of consortium members, if any N/A
Thematic Area
  • Gender and Inclusive Development
  • Climate-Smart Agriculture
  • Climate Finance
  • Green Jobs
  • Renewable Energy
GGGI Project Code : SN10
Project Manager and Staff +

Country Representative Senegal

Mamadou KONATE

Senior Advisor

Christella J. INNACK

Monitoring and Evaluation Associate

Project context

Despite much progress, the Senegalese economy remains fragile, and food security remains a major challenge for the country. Rice and vegetable farming in the Senegal River Valley is vulnerable to climate change, and access to quality supply of agricultural inputs and extension services is limited; digital technologies for smart farming are not extensively used in agriculture, resultantly affecting Senegalese farmers’ livelihoods and the country’s food security. 

Senegal’s main long-term development policy, the Emerging Senegal Plan (PSE), identifies agriculture as the main driver for poverty reduction, job creation, and enhancement of food security in the country. Agriculture is also a major part of the climate problem. Senegal’s Nationally Determined Contribution identifies the agriculture sector as the major contributor to the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (33%). The challenge is intensified by agriculture’s extreme vulnerability to climate change.  

Digitalization and Data for Agriculture (D4Ag) has the potential to bring inclusive and sustainable agricultural transformation for achieving meaningful livelihood improvements for farmers in Senegal. But greater support is needed to enhance and scale-up D4Ag solutions in the country. 

Project aim

The ‘Climate Smart Agriculture and Sustainable Value Chains in Senegal’ Project is a 4-year initiative funded by the Republic of Korea through MAFRA.  Building from the results of the  ‘Solar-Powered Irrigation for Climate-Smart Agriculture in the Senegal River Valley’ project and ‘Energy auditing and capacity building on energy management for five rice mills in the Senegal River Valley’ project, the ‘Climate Smart Agriculture and Sustainable Value Chains in Senegal’ Project aims to unlock the agricultural challenges and address the critical underlying issues affecting the productivity and resilience of the rice and vegetable value chains in the Dagana region in Saint-Louis, the Senegal River Valley, therefore, enhancing food self-sufficiency and security in the country.

Building local capabilities in climate-smart agriculture and related successful practice is at the core of the project activities. In addition, the Project will enhance agricultural value chains through inclusive digital transformation and innovation and promotion of resilient farms.  

The Project also embeds a gender and social inclusion approach in its project activities to help identify potential investment plans with high potential for socio-economic co-benefits for women, including other social groups. 

The major objectives of the project are: 

1 – Improvement of harvest rate and income of rice and vegetable farm households in the target area through the adoption of solar PV technologies & climate-smart practices. 

2 –Provision of financial services via digital banking and the supply of inputs and access to outputs enabled by an agribusiness hub. 

3 – Creation of green businesses and employment opportunities for youth and women. 

4 – Reduced GHG emissions with solarization of grid-powered pumping stations and promoting climate-smart practices 

The Project is aligned with the key national development priorities, strategies, and policies, including the Emerging Senegal Plan, the Program to accelerate the pace of Senegal Agriculture, the Digital Senegal Strategy, and the Senegal Nationally Determined Contribution. 

Project management

GGGI is implementing the project in partnership with Better World (BW), an International NGO. GGGI will provide overall project oversight and coordinate implementation and technical assistance for the design, transfer, scaling up, and financing of CSA practices and technologies. 

BW has an extensive track record of implementing agriculture-related field activities across several African countries, including ongoing operations in Senegal. GGGI will also closely collaborate with Société d’Aménagement et d’Exploitation des Terres du Delta du Fleuve Sénégal (SAED), which is already operating in the Senegal River Valley, especially in rice farming. 

GGGI will work with the Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) and its Senegalese partner, the Senegalese Institute of Agricultural Research (ISRA). And for the microfinance component, GGGI works alongside La Banque Agricole du Senegal (LBA) to originate a pipeline of green and bankable climate projects, including climate-smart agriculture for enhanced capacity for adaptation and resilience. 

Project expected impacts

The Impacts on climate and people’s livelihoods are as follows: 

  •         10% improvement in yields for rice and vegetable farms in the target area.
  •         120 direct and 240 indirect green jobs created for women and youth.
  •         Up to 1000 farmers have access to quality agricultural inputs, extension services and financial services to help mobilize up to 15.5 million USD in green investment to scale-up adaptation and resilience.
  •         Quantity of GHG emission decreased by 10% compared with baseline thanks to the adoption of CSA practices.