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Senegal was actively engaged in the PARM process from April 2015 to 2019. The joint process led to the creation of knowledge, development of capacities and investment proposal on ARM tools and policy dialogue to facilitate the integration of ARM into policy.

Parm Phases Status

Setting Up
Risk Assessment
Policy Dialogue
Follow Up

Country Updates

Senegal is an agro-exporting country seeking to modernise its agricultural sector through a range of financing and commodity marketing programmes. However, efforts to achieve this objective have not yielded the expected results because of the diversity of risk affecting agricultural production and marketing activities at the micro and macro levels. Through the PARM Process, the Government of Senegal and key stakeholders have i) assessed and prioritized agricultural risks; ii) identified the right tools to manage agricultural risks; iii) developed capacities on ARM; and iv) mainstreamed ARM into policy.

Results from PARM Horizon 1

Major risks identified

By request of the Senegalese Government, PARM conducted an analysis to identify and prioritize risks in the fisheries and livestock sub-sectors to complement the World Bank Agricultural Sector Risk Assessment 2015.

The study conducted by the WB, which focused essentially on crop (plant) production, identified the two major risks as irregular rainfalls (and in extreme cases drought), which represents 50% of harvest losses, as well as crop pests and diseases (especially locusts’ invasions), whose national impact on production is estimated at 25%. The key risks for priority action in the livestock and fisheries sub-sectors identified in the PARM Risk Assessment Study in 2016 are: (i) erratic rainfall, (ii) animal diseases, (iii) illicit fisheries. The two studies, of PARM and the WB, thus provided the Senegalese Government with a complete analysis of risks affecting the agriculture sector.

Major tools for investment identified

The cross cutting ARM strategies to respond to the identified risk chosen in close collaboration with the MoA are:

Most recent updates

PARM and the Ministry of Agriculture have signed an Action Plan to implement the PARM Country Process. This represents a significant milestone. It has allowed PARM to launch the process to develop a feasibility study on capacity development on ARM in Senegal, and recruit an expert consultant to start the work this summer. It has also paved the way for the design of an ARM programme for the country, notably on the three tools identified in PARM Horizon 1: remittances, information systems and capacity development.

Country Policy Process Timeline

Setting Up

PARM Participates in World Bank ARM Workshop

PARM participated in the World Bank’s Consultative Stakeholders’ Workshop in Senegal held on the 12 March 2015 to explore the potential synergies with the on-going ARM initiatives. The Platform also presented its set-up mission in Senegal.

Setting-up Mission & Inception Workshop

Later in April 2015, PARM-NEPAD organized a one-day inception workshop to identify synergies in the World Bank Agricultural Sector Risk Assessment (ASRA) for Senegal. This mission was fulfilling as the MoA expressed commitment to integrate PARM’s activities into the national agenda, especially the PRACAS. As such, a multi-sector pool of experts was formed to identify possible gaps in the World Bank assessment which could be followed-up through the PARM Process.

Official Expression of Interest & PARM Roadmap Development

By April-May 2015, PARM received an official letter from the Government of Senegal fully confirming the country’s interest to participate in the PARM Process. Thereafter, a roadmap was developed by the Government in collaboration with the CAADP Focal Point.


Risk Assessment

Terms of Reference for Risk Assessment Study (RAS)

Experts consultations confirmed the need for an assessment on the livestock and fisheries sub-sectors to complement the existing World Bank ASRA. In February 2016, PARM developed a ToR and launch a call for proposal.

Capacity Development (CD1) Seminar & Technical Meeting on the Information Systems Study

In March 2016, PARM organised a CD1 that attracted key stakeholders from the government, research institutions, and farmers‘ organizations. The training contributed to enhancing participants’ understanding of the holistic approach to agricultural risk, the key concepts, the risk assessment methods and risk management tools in Senegal

A technical meeting was also organized to discuss the study on Information Systems for Agricultural Risk Management in Senegal and 6 other African countries.

Risk Assessment Validation Workshop

The PARM RAS for Senegal was conducted from April-June 2016. By late June 2016, PARM and its country partners organized a National Stakeholders’ Workshop to present the preliminary findings of the RAS, confirm the priority risks, seek inputs for revision and discuss the potential ARM tools.

After the final revision, the full report was validated by the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries and PARM published it in October 2016.

Capacity Development (CD2) on ARM

In March 2017, PARM met four Senegalese universities to discuss interests and capacity to develop and deliver a 5-day training course CD2 on ARM mainly, but not exclusively for extension service personnel. The universities are UCAD (Universite Cheikh Anta Diop), Universite de Thies, ENSA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agriculture), USSEIN (Universite Du Sine Saloum El-Hadj Ibrahima Niass) and Université Gaston Berger (UGB).

By April 2017, a call for proposal was launched and UCAD was selected to deliver the pilot training course. The course was successfully delivered on 9-13th October 2017.


Policy Dialogue

Feasibility Studies on Remittances and Access to Information

During the discussion in the RAS validation workshop, stakeholders’ identified three potential ARM tools – access to information, remittances/rural finance, and capacity development – for consideration.

After developing a term of reference and launching a call for proposal for the feasibility studies into these two ARM tools, PARM and its country partners selected two institutions for the studies: CIRAD (access to information) and RMDA (remittances). These studies were conducted over a period of 3-6 months in 2017.

High-level Policy Dissemination Workshop

PARM and the country partners organised a high-level dissemination workshop in July 2017 to present the results of the two feasibility studies, discuss the entry points for mainstreaming the ARM tools and dialogue on potential investment options within the Government agencies, the private sector, donors and smallholder groups.

Stakeholders also used this opportunity to discussions potential modalities and target groups for the upcoming CD3 training on the ARM tools.

Capacity Development (CD3) on Remittance and Access to Information

PARM organised two separate CD3 training activities at the MAER premises. The training was held on the 16th and 17th October 2017 and delivered by PARM consultants who conducted the feasibility studies on Access to Information (CIRAD) and Remittances (RMDA). Each training included participants from MAER Technical Committee and private/NGO sector.

Feasibility Study on Capacity Development

In order to sustain and strengthen the CD activities implemented in Senegal, PARM is worked closely with the MAER to recruit a local consultant to conduct a feasibility study with an investment plan to facilitate the institutionalization of the CD activities into the universities and extension service programs. The consultant collaborated with the technical committee of the MAER to finalize this feasibility from May 2018 to mid-2019.



Action Plan for Capacity Development Investment

Following the feasibility studies and the subsequent policy dissemination workshop, PARM and its partners developed an action plan to integrate capacity development on remittances and access to information into universities and extension services. This action plan includes a strategy, business plan, budget and resources to train a number of extension workers to deliver advisory services to farmers. It is a useful guidance document for government, service providers and other stakeholders looking to strengthen capacity to deliver innovative risk management solutions to farmers.

Country Final Reports

The overall PARM process led to a number of achievements, in terms of bringing ARM to the core of development and agricultural policies, assessing risks for evidence to improve risk perception, strengthening capacities and enhancing partnerships on ARM, investing in priority tools for better agricultural risk management, and engaging with the Government, local institutions and development partners.


All these achievements and the progress made towards mainstreaming ARM components into the National Investment Plan, the Program of Acceleration of the Rate of Senegalese Agriculture (PRACAS), and other related policies are documented in the final country report for Senegal.