Project profile — Adaptation and Valorization of Entrepreneurship in Irrigated Agriculture


Mennonite Economic DevelopmentAssociates of Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011098)
2019-03-28 - 2026-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Senegal (100.00%)


• Agricultural development:
Agricultural development (31120) (15.00%)
Agricultural land resources (31130) (15.00%)
Agricultural water resources (31140) (15.00%)
Food crop production (31161) (10.00%)
Agricultural financial services (31193) (20.00%)
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (25.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (principal objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (significant objective)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Nutrition (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (significant objective)


The project aims to improve the socio-economic well-being and resilience of farming households, especially women and youth, in the Sédhiou and Tambacounda regions of Senegal, through climate friendly agricultural and irrigation practices. Among other things, the project stands out for its approach of adopting innovative and affordable technologies and using smart practices in agriculture by women and youth. The project focuses on creating public-private partnerships with financial institutions, among others, to ensure access to financing, and partnerships with private companies for the purchase of agricultural products. Project activities include: (1) developing customized training programs for women and youth in topics such as financial management, business planning, climate change; (2) administering and disseminating market research on the needs of farming households, especially of women and youth, to agricultural input and irrigation service providers; and (3) developing multi-stakeholder platforms for women and youth for a common dialogue on water resources management.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) increased socio-economic empowerment of women and youth; (2) sustainable and innovative intensification of irrigated crops adapted to climate change; and (3) improved local governance and territorial management of water resources.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as March 2023 include: (1) 161 customers trained in organizational management, simplified business accounting and good market gardening production practices; (2) 205 households sensitized to women's and young people's rights; (3) 2 598 women and young people trained in agro-nutrition; (4) seven groups benefited from smart incentives. Among the equipment received: a rice husker, a baobab fruit processing kit, a solar irrigation kit and a drip irrigation system; and (5) a study carried out to develop a strategy for the sustainable and equitable management of surface and underground water resources in the project's intervention zones.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $3,021,960
Transaction Date Type Value
06-06-2024 Disbursement $661,107
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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