AICCRA Senegal: Private sector mapping - report

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The Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) project is a three-year initiative funded by the World Bank and implemented in six sub-Saharan African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, and Zambia). AICCRA’s vision is to increase access for agricultural research and extension service providers in Africa to knowledge, technologies and decision-making tools relevant to enhancing the resilience of agriculture and food systems in the face of climate change.
In Senegal, AICCRA is implemented by the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT (hereafter referred to as ‘the Alliance’ or ‘ABC’), The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in partnership with the Centre d’étude régional pour l’amélioration de l’adaptation à la sécheresse (CERAAS), one of departments of the Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA), Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie (ANACIM), and Agence Nationale de Conseil Agricole et Rural (ANCAR).
The project aims to implement the sub-regional component of AICCRA in West Africa through building multiactor partnerships among existing scientific and educational networks and centers, to achieve outcomes through engaging with individual partners at the country level. Specifically, the AICCRA project will enhance the capacity of national and regional public institutions and the private sector (e.g., input providers, information and communication technologies companies, agri-businesses, and media) to develop delivery models for climate information services (CIS) and for climate-smart agriculture (CSA) knowledge,approaches and tools, to support climate-smart value chains harnessing intra-regional and south-south synergies.

The private sector plays a strategic role in scaling up and sustaining the uptake of CIS and CSA. However, in Senegal the investment in the agricultural sector remains at an early stage and finding the funding needed to scale agricultural projects is challenging. As part of the AICCRA activities in Senegal, a private sector scoping mission took place in Dakar and Thiès between 17 and 25 March 2022. The objective of the mission was to map the private sector stakeholders for the AICCRA activities under AICCRA Senegal and Flagship 2 (Climate-Smart Agriculture Investment Plan and Sustainable Finance) and to identify potential stakeholders for further activities.

This report presents the results of the mission that was conducted in two parts, organized around two
workshops. The first workshop was organized in Dakar on March 18, 2022, aimed at understanding the private sector ecosystem with its challenges and opportunities. The second workshop was organized in in Thiès on March 24, 2022, aimed at understanding the relationship between the farmer organizations and the private sector. This report presents the key outcomes of both workshops. It concludes on recommendations and next steps.

Derenoncourt, E.; Jaquet, S.; Ouedraogo, I.; Sarzana, C.; Villa, V.

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