Resilient Food Systems at UNCCD COP15: Integrated approaches to sustainable land management
31 May 2022
Agricultural Value Chains Resilience Support Project (PARFA)
GEF Implementing Agency
To improve smallholder agriculture and food value chains through prioritizing the safeguarding and maintenance of ecosystem services.
Dr. Souleymane Diopdrdrkaolack@gmail.com
land under integrated and sustainable management
GHG emissions avoided or reduced
Senegal’s agriculture and livestock sector makes up roughly 17% of GDP and employs 70% of the population. While total land area under production has remained relatively stable, Senegal has experienced rapid population growth, leading to an overcrowding on agricultural land, overexploitation of natural resources, land degradation, and deforestation. These drivers have resulted in poor provision of ecosystem services and lowered agricultural productivity. For Senegalese farmers who also experience poor access to credit, agricultural material, and equipment, these challenges translate to food insecurity, malnutrition, and unstable livelihoods.
Climate change has resulted in increasing mean annual temperatures, a reduction in annual rainfall, an increase in rainfall variability, and an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme climate events. Given high levels of land degradation and poor provision of ecosystem services, the agriculture and livestock sector is particularly vulnerable to climate change and climate variability. This, coupled with weak technological innovation, has resulted in the stagnation of agricultural yields.
Through the RFS Senegal project, the Agricultural Value Chains Resilience Support Project (PARFA), the Government of Senegal is promoting the sustainable improvement of family farms in the Groundnut Basin and silvo-pastoral regions.
In order to deliver global environmental benefits at scale, the project is structured around three principal components, all critical areas in the causal chain of environmental degradation:
The project is also working to establish a financial window for sustainable land and environmental management through the National Agro-Silvo-Pastoral Development Fund in order to secure funding for scaling up best practices.
Overall, the project is designed to benefit around 52,500 people in 5,250 households through technical support and training, improved monitoring and evaluation, and environmental measures including land rehabilitation and soil and water conservation.
The project aims to meet the following targets:
Multi-stakeholder platforms established that integrate environmental degradation issues and climate variability in development actions.
Resilience of smallholder farmers improved.
A mechanism for the monitoring and evaluation of environmental impacts and food security is established and functional.
At the national level, major stakeholders include the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Institute of Food Technology, Commission on Food Safety, Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders, National Institute of Pedology, Ecological Monitoring Centre, National Agricultural and Rural Advisory Agency, National Renewable Energy Agency and the Office for Rural Boreholes. Other major stakeholders include the National Agricultural Credit Fund of Senegal and service providers for agriculture and livestock farming.
Each RFS country project conducts activities that fall under common thematic areas within the programme. Explore each project theme relevant to the RFS Senegal country project below to see which activities are being implemented under each theme.
Stories from the Field
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The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and its partners including World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT), French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), World Food Programme (WFP) and CIFOR-ICRAF host a side event at the fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
Case studies from three Resilient Food Systems (RFS) programme countries (Nigeria, Senegal and Burundi) and from IFAD projects in Cambodia demonstrate emerging lessons on integrated sustainable land and water management, and payments for ecosystem services in subsistence farming.
This month’s newsletter features two stories from the field. In Ethiopia, a women's dairy group is taking charge of land rehabilitation and scaling up. Plus, oysters and honey are food systems heroes in Senegal.
Also this month, we dropped a new report detailing the proceedings of the 2021 RFS Virtual Workshop series. Exciting stuff!
The RFS Senegal project is improving smallholder agriculture and food value chains through prioritising the safeguarding and maintenance of ecosystem services. During the 2021 country roundtable, Rural Development and Environment Specialist Matar Diaga Sarr provided an update on the project’s activities, achievements, challenges and lessons learned. The presentation was followed by facilitated Q&A session to allow country project and RFS partners a chance to exchange information and learn more about RFS activities in Senegal.