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.
Dundël Suuf aims to increase agricultural productivity to foster inclusive and sustained reduction in hunger, poverty, and malnutrition.
Achieving these aims and mission requires attainment of three Intermediate Results:
- Improved and appropriate fertilizer formulas developed and made available to farmers,
- Proven and environmentally sound fertilizer products and technologies disseminated and upscaled.
- Improved fertilizer policy and regulatory environment.
- 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.
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 agroecological 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 achieving project objectives.
The recommendation of priority crops for five AEZs are summarized in the map and table below.
|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 vegetables|
|Casamance/Southern Forest Zone||Upland and irrigated rice, sorghum, maize, peanuts, fruits and vegetables|
|Senegal Oriental||Maize, sorghum, peanuts, fruits (banana) and vegetables|
- Dundël Suuf documented soil fertility mapping initiatives in Senegal to identify potential complementarities and synergies for the project’s soil fertility mapping activity.
- The project signed a service delivery contract with the Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research (ISRA) for effective implementation of the project’s IR1 component.
- Dundël Suuf conducted a study on the characterization of the fertilizer sector in Senegal and identified six organic fertilization technologies and two chemical fertilization technologies as ready for diffusion.
- Draft complementary texts for the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States’ fertilizer quality control were revised and will be validated by stakeholders under the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment.
- Dundël Suuf reviewed the performance of the current national subsidy program and identified key factors needed for private sector involvement in the reform process.
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