Food imports: 1.070 billion per year

Food imports: 1.070 billion per year
Food imports: 1.070 billion per year

Senegal imports 70%, even 80% of its food, with a food self-sufficiency rate of 57% for cereals, Minister of Agriculture Mabouba Diagne declared last Tuesday in Dakar.

Senegalese imports of food products represent 70 to 80% of the country’s consumption needs and amount on average to 1,070 billion CFA francs per year against a budget of 7,042 billion, said the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Livestock Sovereignty, Mabouba Diagne, during a provisional evaluation workshop of the Sahel Joint Program in response to the challenges of covid-19, conflicts and climate change (SD3C), held on Tuesday April 29, 2024, in Dakar. Due to the increase in food prices in the international market, food imports have an effect “very negative on the trade balance”, he regretted. The SD3C program is implemented in Senegal and other countries in the region, with the collaboration of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a specialized agency of the United Nations.

The minister admits that “SD3C” contributes to improving agropastoral production and productivity in the region (the Sahel), thanks to the introduction of resilient agricultural practices [et] at the same time guarantee sustainable management of water and land.

In Senegal, “3,000 households benefited from this program, which made it possible to restore 40 hectares of degraded land and rehabilitate a “cross-border market,” said the minister. A market dedicated to livestock, two livestock vaccination parks and two “pastoral shops are part of the fruits of this agricultural initiative by IFAD and several governments in the region,” he welcomed.

In front of Margot Van der Velden of Pam; of Bernard Hien from Fida and Robert Guéi from FAO, the minister declared himself ambassador of the program to technical and financial donors. Note that IFAD, in collaboration with FAO, WFP, the Netherlands, Italy and Ireland, has implemented the said since 2020. A regional initiative aimed at strengthening resilience and creating opportunities for 850,000 small agricultural producers living in the cross-border areas of Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Chad.

JPM

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