Agriculture and Food Security
The Government’s growing investment in agriculture (more than 10 percent of GDP per year) has opened the door for stronger, resilient food security. In 2009, the country finalized its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program investment plan, setting a long-term vision for agricultural development as the primary driver of the country’s economic growth. Through Feed the Future, we work with the Government to promote economic growth focusing on four key agricultural products: rice, maize, millet, and fish. Our programs improve productivity, harvest and collection, processing and delivery. Looking toward long-term needs, we also strengthen higher education and agricultural research institutions as well as encourage policies that enable private-sector investment.
Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
In the past decade, Senegal has made strides in achieving universal access to education, increasing primary school enrollment rates to 78 percent in 2012. Despite these accomplishments, more needs to be done to ensure all Senegalese children receive 10 years of quality education, especially girls and vulnerable children. Working with the Government, teachers, parents, students and businesses, we helped 500,000 children attend school, 300,000 of whom are girls; built or restored more than 100 schools; donated over 3 million textbooks; and provided internet access for 20,000 students. We have also worked with the Ministry of Education to establish higher-quality standards for education and a national curriculum that is sensitive to gender, ethnicity, and social standing.
Last updated: February 12, 2016