Senegal’s only rainy season from June to October is highly variable in length and intensity. In addition to this, poor soils and growing land degradation means Senegalese smallholder farmers struggle to be productive and make a living. Some of ICRISAT’s research priorities in Senegal include how to improve resilience, tackle gender inequity in agriculture and scale up innovations and improved practices such as dual purpose sorghum or better pest (eg. Striga) management.
27% - Percentage of children under five in Senegal being stunted
75% - Share of national workforce engaged in agriculture in Senegal
114 out of 146 - Senegal's rank in terms of gender inequity (OCDE)
1/3 - Share of millet fields planted to improved varieties in Senegal (IFPRI)