Pathways towards agricultural intensification in the delta of the river Senegal

Main objective: To highlight, qualify and understand the interactions between agribusiness and family farming in the sustainable intensification processes.
Country and Region: Senegal, Delta of River Senegal
Involved Commodity Chains: Rice, Sugar Cane, Milk, Tomatoes, Vegetables
Report: Please download the complete In Depth Case Study report here.

Senegaldelta_workshopThe delta of the  River Senegal is located in the north of Senegal. This area has for a long time experienced intensification programs and has recently seen private investors take interest in “available lands”. This late increase in agro-industrial projects has been supported by government programs, under the rationale that private sector will strengthen virtuous cycles towards food sovereignty (i.e. Plan Senegal Emergent, 2014). The delta has the specificity to harbor a range of stakeholders with diverse productive systems, ranging from intensive cash crops to pastoralism. If access to land and water is an important challenge, the Government is currently experiencing new ways for land acquisition under a national land tenure reform, with a pilot centered in the Delta of the Senegal River.

The case study is structured around four activities:

Activity 1. State of the Art: Historical trends, drivers and current processes.
Collaborative work, based on literature review and in consultation with ProIA team on defining an analytical grid to categorize intensification processes. This preliminary work will be refined throughout the project and finalized in activity 4.

Activity 2. Diagnosis and description of current production systems
Review of existing project documents to assess the level of available knowledge. Partners with projects located in the area of the project will provide up-to-date information to feed a shared and comprehensive data-base including a geographic information system.

Activity 3. Participatory prospective workshops in the field
Involvement of local communities in participatory prospective workshops (associating forum theatre and role-playing) to i) reflect on current agricul-tural practices and alternative uses of the commons, ii) identify surroundings of sustainable intensification pathways/approaches, iii) compare scenarios and highlight the conditions (institutional, practical, etc.) to ful-fill particular objectives of inclusive and durable agricultural intensification

Activity 4. Multi-stakeholder workshop
Presentation of the results of the first three activities of the project explicit convergences and controversies among stakeholders understandings and convictions, and debate around what the team has identified as re-search questions and hypotheses about intensification pathways and drivers, as well as intensification experi-ences developed by differentiated farming systems and illustration of their characteristics.

Involved: Pôle Pastoralisme et Zones Sèches (CIRAD, ISRA, CSE, UCAD)
Other partners: NGOs, Université Gaston Berger, IRD, private sector, SAED


Christian Corniaux,
Jérémy Bourgoin,
Cheikh Sall,