Adaptation and Valorization of Entrepreneurship in Irrigated Agriculture (AVENIR)
2019 - 2024
MEDA and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) are collaborating to promote climate-adapted agricultural production and entrepreneurship in the regions of Tambacounda and Sedhiou, Senegal to improve the socio-economic well-being and resilience of farming households.
Senegal is one of the most politically stable countries in Africa. However, the country is vulnerable to environmental shocks, particularly floods and droughts, which are expected to increase in magnitude and duration due to increased climate variability. These challenges are exacerbating current stressors on small farms, which is already strained by overexploitation of land, a short rainfall period and degradation of soil.
Smallholder farmers in Senegal struggle to make profits. Women and youth of farming households have limited knowledge of climate-smart agriculture and irrigation practices and limited access to improved inputs, technology and land. Unequal intra-household decision-making, uneven access to finances, land and other natural resources at the household and community levels in addition to time constraints due to household obligations also limit the ability of women and youth to respond to climate change. This is compounded by ineffective coordination across market actors and limited knowledge of farming as a business. In response to these challenges, AVENIR is facilitating opportunities for farmers to improve their agricultural production, increase their income, and accelerate climate-resilient and value-added agricultural development in the country.
The AVENIR project aims to foster socio-economic improvement by promoting market opportunities that increase the profitability of women and youth agroforestry, horticulture and rice value chains. To achieve this goal, AVENIR will:
- Promote the sustainable intensification of irrigated and climate-change adapted crops by spreading knowledge of improved land management and farm practices, and high-yield and drought-tolerant seed varieties,
- Increase the socio-economic empowerment of women and youth by building farmers and MSMEs capacity to operate agribusinesses, linking farmers to access loans while providing financial incentives to MSMEs and linking them to financial institutions, and enhancing the leadership capacity of women and youth to respond to climate change impacts,
- Improve governance and management of water resources by increasing the capacity of local and territorial actors to manage water resources sustainably and equitably with multi-stakeholder platforms.