Family farming in Senegal

In Senegal, 72% of the population earns a living from farming and the vast majority of this percentage consists of small family farms. These farms receive very little government support to develop their agricultural activities.

The Fatick Region, in western Senegal, faces chronic food insecurity and cannot produce enough to ensure food self-sufficiency. This low agricultural production has increased Senegal’s dependence on food imports.

Women are most affected by poverty because of the large inequalities between men and women and the low literacy rate among adult women (19%) compared to men (51%).


SOS Faim’s action in Senegal

SOS Faim has supported family farming in Senegal since the late 1980s in order to fight rural poverty and food insecurity. This support consists mainly of assisting farmers’ organisations structure themselves to that they can improve their services for small family farms.

SOS Faim supports six local partners

This support benefits 150,000 farmers

SOS Faim invested €637,707 in 2014 to fight hunger in Senegal

Our partners in Senegal



Farmers’ organisations

  • CNCR – Conseil National de Concertation des Ruraux
  • EGAB – Entente des Groupements Associés pour le développement à la Base
  • FAPAL – Fédération des associations paysannes de Louga
  • FONGS – Fédérations des Organisation Non Gouvernementales du Sénégal – Actions paysannes
  • GERAD – Groupe d’Etude, de Recherche et d’Aide au Développement (PDIF)
  • UJAK – Union des Jeunes Agriculteurs de Koyli wirnde