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Increasing Senegal’s livestock productivity

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Increasing Senegal’s livestock productivity
Livestock is important to ensure food security in African countries. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

Increasing Senegal’s livestock productivity

A new partnership aims to make Senegal’s livestock sector more competitive and sustainable.

Senegal’s five-year National Livestock Development Program will help improve food security, nutrition, and public health by establishing a control system for food products of animal origin to ensure product safety.

Partners in the first phase of the program met last month. Workshop participants included Senegal’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Livestock, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Increasing livestock productivity (Increasing Senegal’s livestock productivity)

The project consists of the following components:

  • Animal productivity
  • Products and product processing
  • Animal product marketing
  • Skill enhancement and
  • Project coordination and management.

According to Ousmane Mbaye, Secretary General of the Senegalese Ministry of Agriculture, the aim of the program is to improve the country’s livestock sector and make it more competitive and sustainable, which in turn will increase employment opportunities for young people and women in livestock value chains.

“It will do so by sustainably increasing livestock productivity and production improving the processing and marketing of animal products, and raising skills levels industry wide,” says Mbaye.

Phase one of the project represents an investment of 78.60-million Euros, of which the AfDB provides 39.30 million, the IDB 39 provides million euros and 300,000 euros come from the Global Climate Centre (GCA).

Control system to ensure safety (Increasing Senegal’s livestock productivity)

The project will be implemented in the regions of Dakar, Diourbel, Fatick, Louga, Kaffrine, Kaolack, Kolda, Sédhiou, Thiès and Ziguinchor and directly benefit at least 32,000 people working in livestock value chains, including 16,000 women and young people. A further 950,000 people (51% of whom are women) will receive indirect benefits.

More generally, the project will help improve food security, nutrition and public health among Senegal’s rural and urban populations by establishing a control system for food products of animal origin to ensure product safety.

Veterinary services will be redeployed across the country and regional laboratories will be built or renovated to will help eliminate informal slaughtering and improve the hygiene and safety of animal products.

During the project’s two-year participatory, holistic and inclusive design phase, the technical departments of the relevant ministries were involved along with organisations involving farmers and processors, women and youth groups, other civil society actors, the private sector and technical and financial partners.

Opening the workshop, Mbaye stressed the importance of the program for achieving food sovereignty and self-sufficiency in animal products.

Increasing Senegal’s livestock productivity

Increasing Senegal’s livestock productivity
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