DLEC Report: Agricultural Extension and Advisory in Senegal

This document presents results of an assessment of the Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services in Senegal conducted  by the Feed the Future program Developing Local Extension Capacities (DLEC)  It is a desk review of the extension and advisory services (EAS) system in Senegal. It also provides an assessment of the Feed the Future Naatal Mbay project’s EAS strategy and makes recommendations for strengthening it. The document uses the “best-fit” framework to examine the services from a systems perspective, looking at six EAS characteristics – the governance structures and policy environment; organizational and management capacities and cultures; advisory methods; market engagement; livelihood strategies; and community engagement.

Some key findings include the following:

  • The lack of a guiding comprehensive national extension policy, resulting in a low profile, limited funding, and weak coordination of extension
  • The presence of producer organizations (POs) and federations of POs, which show promise for sustainability and scaling of EAS approaches
  • A low use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), especially compared to other countries assessed under DLEC

Recommendations include

  • Develop an extension policy and strengthen coordination of providers
  • Organize a national meeting for extension and advisory services providers on the role of farmer trainers in extension
  • Increase the testing and use of ICT methods in extension and support existing programs
  • Increase the number of female farmer trainers, by providing gender training to those selecting farmer trainers, targeting women’s groups, promoting couples to take on the position of farmer trainers instead of just the man, and ensuring that work and training conditions are conducive to female participation

Finally, with regard to Naatal Mbay, the report recommends further documenting the achievements of Naatal Mbay’s extension and capacity strengthening approaches and (a) assess key factors contributing to project achievements thus far, (b) analyze remaining challenges, (c) propose ways to improve performance in meeting project goals and (d) determine pathway to sustainability so that extension and capacity strengthening mechanisms can continue to help producer networks, organizations and rural households to continue accruing benefits after the close of the project.

The full version of the report is available here: DLEC-Senegal-In-Depth-Assessment-Extension-Final

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