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Ms. Khady Ndongo (in purple) is a community nutrition volunteer in the Matam region of Senegal.
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Feed the Future works in the Senegal River Valley, Southern Forest Zone and Sine Saloum Delta.

Value Chains

  • Rice
  • Millet
  • Seeds
  • Horticulture
  • Sweet Potato
  • Sheep and Goats
  • Fisheries
  • Maize/corn
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  • 2.6 million

    Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions (ANSD, 2020 Estimates)

  • 5.3%

    Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 14.8 percent of added value (World Bank, 2019)

  • 52%

    Percentage of population living in rural Senegal (World Bank, 2019)

  • 25%

    Percentage of stunted children under the age of 5 living in Feed the Future target regions (FTF ZOI Survey, 2016)

  • 41.3%

    Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions in 2016 (FTF ZOI Survey, 2016)

Our Strategy


Increase inclusive agriculture sector growth


Improve coastal marine fisheries management and biodiversity protection


Increase productivity and market connections in key value chains


Improve the nutrition of women and children


Increase women’s empowerment and gender equality


Increase access to safe water, improved sanitation and services for good hygiene


Strengthen policy reform to improve agriculture-led growth and private sector development


Strengthen human resources in agricultural research and entrepreneurship

Our Progress

  • 48,000

    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY20

  • $20M

    Annual agricultural sales generated by Senegalese farms and firms reached by Feed the Future in FY20

  • 2.7M

    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY20

Our Work

In support of the government of Senegal’s investments in agriculture, Feed the Future programs work to integrate nutrition and agriculture to reduce poverty and combat malnutrition. These efforts also promote trade and market access, support small- and medium-sized agricultural businesses and enable communities to take charge of their own food security. Feed the Future integrates agriculture and nutrition investments to enhance cognitive and physical development, increase economic productivity, strengthen resilience and advance global development.  For more information, please view the Nutrition Priority Countries.

Empowering Senegalese Farmers

In 2020, Feed the Future reached over 21,000 farmers to establish more than 9,500 gardens, 70 percent of which were micro-gardens that focused on the production of nutritious vegetables. Thirty-two percent of the farmers were young people between the ages of 15 and 29.

Feed the Future also increased its investment in technologies, like better seeds and irrigation, and trained local agro-businesses and entrepreneurs on business management.

Unlocking Finance for Farmers

Feed the Future piloted a new private sector finance mechanism that enabled private, commercial warehouses to use their produce as collateral to guarantee agricultural loans from local banks. This led to:

  • Nearly $1 million in credit disbursed to six large traders.
  • Marketing of nearly 3.2 million units of horticultural produce.
  • The continued trade of onions and potatoes, which benefitted 650 smallholder farmers.
  • Averting a food crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strengthening Resilience

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused inter-city transport restrictions and the temporary closure of rural markets, Feed the Future played a pivotal role in strengthening economic resilience in Senegal’s horticulture sector through nutrition and horticulture commercialization efforts.

Feed the Future also continued investing in resilience efforts related to trade, energy, biodiversity and climate change, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene.


These results reflect information from the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Peace Corps, U.S. African Development Foundation and U.S. Department of the Treasury (through the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program), reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for fiscal year 2020 (FY20). For more information on the indicators above, please view the Feed the Future Indicator Handbook. All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.

Our Activities

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships, and organizations in Senegal.

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  • Seed Scaling implemented by AfricaRice
  • Feed the Future Senegal Post-Harvest Partnership
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy
  • Feed the Future Senegal Scaling Up Seeds
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Grain Legumes
  • Feed the Future Senegal Value Chains Services
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management
  • Feed the Future Senegal Youth in Agriculture
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
  • Global Agriculture and Food Security Program
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sorghum and Millet
  • Government of Senegal’s Agriculture Policy Reforms: Country Investment Plan and New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Commitments
  • Feed the Future Senegal Commercializing Horticulture (Nafoore Warsaji)
  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
  • Feed the Future Senegal Cultivating Nutrition (Kawolor)
  • International Fertilizer Development Center
  • Feed the Future Senegal Fertilizer Activity (Dundel Suuf)
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact
  • Feed the Future Senegal Fisheries Biodiversity and Livelihoods (Dekkal Geej)
  • Strengthening Agriculture Input and Output Markets in Africa Partnership
  • Feed the Future Senegal Policy for Agriculture Investments
  • USAID Climate Information Services for Increased Resilience and Productivity in Senegal
  • Feed the Future Senegal Policy Systems Services
  • USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program
  • Scaling Up Nutrition

Related Resources

November 29, 2018

Feed the Future Country Plan for Senegal

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May 22, 2017

Feed the Future Senegal Zone of Influence Indicator Assessment Report

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December 1, 2011

Senegal Feed the Future FY2010 Implementation Plan

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