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The Context


About 70 percent of the Senegalese rural population depends on agriculture for food and livelihood. Agriculture accounts for two-thirds of Senegalese export revenues.


Maize, millet, sorghum, wheat, and rice are some of the primary staple foods consumed in Senegal, but a considerable number of farmers are involved in the groundnut value chain.


The government attaches a great premium to agriculture. The National Agriculture Investment Plan mirrors the country’s commitment to agriculture both as a driver of economic development and as a means to achieve social inclusiveness.


However, Senegal is characterized by persistent undernutrition. Irregular rainfall due in part to variable weather conditions and climate change affects the agro-food system in significant ways.


With the creation of a specialized research center on dry land cereals, some important work has been done to devise solutions to tackle these challenges. As part of its research on climate-smart varieties, the dryland cereals research center developed groundnut and cowpea variety options that are today helping farmers adapt to effects of climate change.


CORAF’s work in Senegal


CORAF works hand-in-hand with the national agricultural research systems of Nigeria as well as the Regional Center of Specialization on Dry Cereals to devise science and technology solutions to enable agriculture actors to deal with some of these challenges for Nigeria and the entire West African region.



To date, CORAF’s Work has contributed to:


  • Generating high-performing agricultural innovative technologies;
  • Increase in agricultural productivity through the provision of high-yielding varieties;
  • Construction and rehabilitation of agricultural research and development infrastructure;
  • Improved access to innovations and technologies by producers;
  • Increase in incomes of producers;
  • Strengthening of the capacity of agricultural research
  • Reduction in poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in rural areas


Agriculture Research and Development in Senegal


The Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute (ISRA) is Senegal’s principal agricultural research agency and works in close collaboration with CORAF. It falls under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Infrastructure and focuses on crop, livestock, forestry, fisheries, and socioeconomic research.


Senegal has nine public bodies involved in agricultural research and development. ISRA is by far the largest. It was created in 1974 and assigned the mission to generate knowledge and appropriate technologies to achieve the objective of food security, job and wealth creation and the economic and social development of Senegalese.


ISRA has a broad mandate that embraces crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and socio-economic research. The Institute of Food Technology (ITA) is the only other government agency involved in agricultural R&D in Senegal. Its research focuses on the storage, conservation, and processing of agricultural products. In the higher education sector, most of the researchers are employed by the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) and the University Gaston Berger (UGB). The private sector in Senegal also contributes to the country’s agricultural R&D. Some of them include SENCHIM, Suneor, the Textile Fibers Development Company (SODEFITEX) and the Industrial and Agricultural Products Corporation (SPIA).

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Contact CNS Senegal

First Name: Ndiaga
Last Name: CISSE
Institution: CNS
Title: Coordonnateur CNS
Phone: 221 33 951 49 94
PB/City: B.P. 3120 – Dakar
Fax: 221 33 832 24 27

Contact ISRA Senegal

First Name: Dr Alioune
Last Name: FALL
Institution: ISRA
Title: Directeur Général
Phone: 221 33 859 17 20
PB/City: B.P. 3120 – Dakar
Fax: 221 33 832 24 27