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Background

The AVENIR project (Adaptation and Valorization of Entrepreneurship in Irrigated Agriculture in English) is implemented by MEDA and its key partner, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

Through extensive consultations in Senegal with women, youth, farming households, government’s agencies, private sector and NGO intermediaries, as well as local and national stakeholders, MEDA and CIAT identified impediments to equal decision-making and access to resources at the household and community levels that limit the ability of both women and young people to respond optimally to climate change. These include limited knowledge of farming as a business; limited knowledge of climate-smart agriculture practices; poor irrigation; access to land, improved inputs and mechanized equipment; poor coordination across market actors; and time constraints due to obligations to fulfil household duties.

While working directly with local producer group, the AVENIR project will promote market opportunities that increase the value addition of agricultural production and target community-level conditions that foster socio-economic improvement such as relevant capacity building to spread the knowledge of improved land management and farm practices, access to affordable high-yield and drought-tolerant seed varieties, expanding extension capacity, linking farmers to access loans while providing financial incentives.

Project Quick Facts:

Goal: To improve the socio-economic well-being and resilience of farming households, with an emphasis on women and young people, in the Senegal regions of Sedhiou and Tambacounda, via climate-adapted irrigation and agricultural practices. This will be done through:

  • Increasing socio-economic empowerment of women and youth;
  • Sustainable intensification of irrigated and climate-change adapted crops, including agroforestry, horticulture and rice crops;
  • Improving local governance and territorial management of water resources.

Reach: 10,000 women (70%) and young men (30%), and indirectly benefit up to 35,000 individuals in the regions of Sedhiou and Tambacounda.

Funder: Global Affairs Canada

Project Length: 2019-2024