Consultative Stakeholders’ Workshop: Mitigating Agriculture Risks and Strengthening Climate Resilience in Senegal (March 2015)
The World Bank’s Agriculture Risk Management Team, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, the Ministry of Livestock and Animal Production, and the Senegalese Institute of Agricultural Research, conducted a joint field mission in Feb-March 2015 to identify optimal pathways to improved climate resilience for agricultural sector. At the end of the field mission, a consultative stakeholders’ workshop was organized to present and discuss priority interventions, solicit feedback, and outline a strategic framework for improved risk mitigation.
The Phase II assessment is part of a multi-phase diagnostic and planning process designed to identify effective, targeted responses to the most important risks facing the sector. The assessment aims at informing the potential development of a long-term risk management implementation and monitoring plan that will lead to more resilient and productive crop and livestock systems in Senegal, and the livelihoods that depend on them.
This mission is a follow up activity to the Phase I risk diagnostic conducted during March-May 2014. The risk assessment identified erratic rainfall and drought as the most important risks imperiling agriculture supply chains and livelihoods, accounting for roughly 50% of total crop losses. After weather, locust outbreaks were the second most costly risk, followed bymarket price volatility, other crop pests, and livestock diseases.
A subsequent filtering exercise and consultative discussions identified three broad interventions areas with strong potential to strengthen the resiliency of agricultural production and marketing systems against seasonal weather variability and to facilitate adaptation over time to changing climate conditions. The three target interventions areas are:
Strengthening national and regional Early Warning Systems (EWS) and local response mechanisms;
Promoting practices, technologies and approaches that optimize the management of soil, water and land at farm and community levels; diversify production, revenues and nutrition; and improve productivity;
Promoting community-driven development approaches to pastureland management to reverse degradation of water, soil and vegetation cover and safeguard the long-term viability of rangeland ecosystems.
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