Family Farming Confronted by Drought and Liberalization in Senegal

  • Ibrahima Hathie
  • Cheikh Oumar Ba

Agriculture has long been a mainstay of the Senegalese economy through its contribution to the food security of urban and rural populations and the generation of foreign exchange, mainly from the export of groundnut products. Over recent decades, the contribution of agriculture to the gross domestic product has steadily declined. Nevertheless, the agricultural sector continues to play a major role in generating jobs for the country’s population. Close to 70% of the Senegalese labour force (FAOSTAT 2013) is employed in agriculture despite the low remunerations it typically offers. In addition, agriculture has significant ripple effects on other sectors, most notably on those of agro-industrial processing, transportation and trade.

Senegalese agriculture is dominated by family farms that account for about 95% of the country’s agricultural land. These types of modest-sized farms are characterized by a wide diversity that depends on local agroecological and socio-economic conditions. At...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ibrahima Hathie
    • 1
  • Cheikh Oumar Ba
    • 1
  1. 1.Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR)DakarSenegal

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