Rice is a strategic
sector for Senegal's food securitý. With an average per capita
consumption of 80 kg per year, Senegal is one of the largest
consumers of rice in Africa.
the large consumption and although more than 70 percent of the
country's population live directly or indirectly from agriculture,
the sector has by far not exhausted its potential. This is especially
true for the Senegal River Valley, where micro-farmers mainly
cultivate irrigated rice. This fertile cultivation area cannot meet
the country's needs. Senegal is therefore forced to resort to massive
imports, which reached almost 970,000 tonnes in 2016.
the production to the marketing of rice, Senegalese agriculture faces
numerous difficulties that limit farmers' productivity and affect the
performance of supply chains. As a result, consumers do not have
regular access to high-quality and affordable local food, which
ultimately weighs on the country's balance of trade.
develop rice cultivation in the country while creating living wage
jobs for young people in agriculture, Invest for Jobs has been
supporting the agCelerant
project since 2020.