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For a long time, agricultural extension in Senegal was a prerogative of the government in the absence of a viable private sector. Drastic changes in economic policies resulting from the introduction of Structural Adjustment Programs initiated by IMF in the 1980s lead to market liberalization and a decline in government intervention. Agricultural extension services were previously provided by the Ministry of Rural Development (MDR), the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) through their departments of agriculture and livestock respectively and numerous parastatal executing agencies (SAED, SODEFIDEX, SODEVA, SOMIVAC, and SODAGRI). For a full report on the pluralistic agricultural extension system in Senegal click HERE

Public Sector

Photo courtesy Brent Simpson

Public Sector

Ministère de l’Agriculture et de l'Élevage - Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock,
  • Marine Fisheries Management
    (1 extension staff in 2009)
Ministère des Mines de l'Industrie de la Transformation Alimentaire des Produits Agricoles et des PME

Public Research Institutions with Extension Unit

University-based Extension
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agriculture de Thies – ENSA -. Département Economie et Sociologie Rurales.

Semi-autonomous Governmental Extension Organizations

Farmer Based Organizations

Private Sector Organizations or Firms

Non-Governmental Organizations

Related Resources

ASTI Agricultural Research and Development investments and capacity in Senegal:

  • Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute (ISRA)
  • The National Agricultural and Agro-Processing Research Fund (FNRAA) has transformed the funding of agricultural R&D in Senegal in that all public and private agricultural R&D agencies now compete equally, and this has promoted demand-driven research and the rationalization of operations.

Senegal is active in the CILSS, Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (Permanent Interstate Committee for the Fight against Drought in the Sahel),
  • Among other initiatives, CILSS promotes producer access to markets ("Programme Régional Accès aux Marchés")


Andrea Bohn,
22 mar. 2011 9:28
Andrea Bohn,
22 mar. 2011 9:29
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25 abr. 2011 9:59