USAID Supports the Government of Senegal to Increase Agricultural Competitiveness
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded a significant donation to the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Khadim Gueye in the presence of the Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of the United States, Robert Yamate, Director of USAID, Mr. Kevin Mullally, and the representative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Dr. Joani Dong.
This operation is part of supporting the implementation of the government of Senegal’s Agriculture Strategy for Accelerated Growth (SCA) and USAID's overall strategy for agriculture called "Feed the Future." To this end, USAID and USDA have implemented major technical and logistical support to help increase agricultural productivity, food security and trade.
The donation is intended for the Directorate of Plant Protection (DPV) and the Directorate for Analysis and Prediction of Statistics (DAPS).
The grant will support the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture to conduct a research program and to fight against fruit fly infestation of mangoes by the DPV but also for strengthening the operational capabilities of the DAPS to produce reliable statistics.
As such, the grant to the DPV and the DAPS consists of two vehicles, 160 motorcycles, computer equipment and research and office equipment.
Kevin Mullally, USAID Director said: "The U.S. government shares the same conviction as Senegal, that the goal of food security requires the implementation of a program of modernization of agriculture. With the adoption of new technologies and innovation, Senegal, like most African countries can benefit fully from the many opportunities to increase the competitiveness of its agriculture. "