Dundël Suuf

Feed the Future Senegal Dundël Suuf Project


Feed the Future Senegal Dundël Suuf is part of the larger Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) Project for West Africa and the Global Food Security Strategy. The three-year (2019-2022) activity is promoting food security in Feed the Future zones of influence in Senegal with a focus on rice, maize, and millet.


Inappropriate fertilizer formulas, poor enforcement of quality control regulations, and low take-up of improved fertilizer products and technologies are key challenges facing Senegal’s agriculture sector. The United States Agency for International Development is partnering with the International Fertilizer Development Center, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, and other key national stakeholders in Senegal to address these issues, by increasing agricultural productivity and production to reduce hunger, poverty, and malnutrition.

Dundël Suuf (“nourishing the soil” in the Wolof language) is supporting soil mapping to identify which fertilizer formulas work best for different crops in different areas, help farmers access fertilizers that will work best for them, and improve the fertilizer policy and regulatory environment.

Project Activities

  • Helping farmers access the right fertilizers for the crops they are growing in their area.
    • Conducting soil sampling
    • Analyzing and mapping soil nutrient deficiencies
    • Developing recommendations
    • Developing balanced fertilizer formulas
    • Transferring technologies
  • Increasing the use of proven, environmentally friendly fertilizer products and technologies
    • Establishing a platform to share technology and innovation
    • Conducting an inventory of available fertilization products and other technologies for upscaling
    • Scaling up proven and available options
  • Increasing the role of the private sector
    • Analyzing and mapping key actors
    • Facilitating the supply of inputs/equipment for fertilizer-based technologies
    • Building stakeholder capacity
    • Developing a national fertilizer platform and a logistics platform to reduce transaction costs
    • Identifying, training and backstopping private entrepreneurs
  • Improving the fertilizer sector policy and regulatory environment
    • Accelerating the review and adoption of draft fertilizer regulations
    • Facilitating the establishment of effective national institutional structures
    • Strengthening regulatory capacities
    • Conducting information and awareness campaigns
    • Reviewing implementation progress

Integration of Cross-Cutting Issues

  • Women’s access to productive resources
  • Increased youth engagement in agriculture
  • Effective governance of policies and institutions
  • More effective information sharing

Target Beneficiaries

Dundël Suuf targets various beneficiaries who have the potential to accelerate expected impact. These include smallholder producers who are already connected to markets and are ready to engage in the new technologies for the targeted crops in the targeted Agro-Ecological Zones (AEZs); actors in the input/fertilizer supply chain, including agro-dealers, fertilizer importers, blenders, distributors, and retailers; extension and research agents; and vulnerable groups, including women and youth. The project works in Feed the Future Zones of Influence and on crops that are of importance to producers in the various AEZs and contribute to achieve project objectives.

Intervention Zones and Target Crops 

The recommendation of priority crops for five AEZs are summarized in the map and table below.

AEZs Priority Crops

Vallée du fleuve (Senegal River Valley)

Irrigated rice, onions, tomatoes, sweet potatoes
Niayes Fruits and vegetables (carrot, cabbage, onion)
Bassin arachidier/Peanut Basin Peanuts, cowpea, sorghum, millet, maize, fruits and vegetable
Casamance/Southern Forest Zone Upland and irrigated rice, sorghum, maize, peanuts, fruits and vegetables
Senegal Oriental Maize, sorghum, peanuts, fruits (banana) and vegetables


Dr. Mbène Dièye FAYE, Program Manager

Immeuble Sérigne Saliou Mbacké, 2e étage, en face station Shell – Route des Almadies,

Ngor – Dakar, SENEGAL


Tel: (+221) 33 825 18 34