October 22

Mastercard Foundation and ICCO Cooperation Partner To Strengthen the Resilience of 80,000 Farmers in Senegal

ICCO Cooperation and the Mastercard Foundation have joined forces to support smallholder farmers in Senegal who were left reeling from the impact of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Agrifinance Project (CORRAP), co-created with Senegalese producers, aims to support smallholders to recover from the pandemic and emerge stronger and more resilient to future crises and shocks.

The strategy relies on producer organizations and actors in agricultural value chains working together to help increase agricultural productivity, and to increase the empowerment of producers, including young people and women.

“For smallholder farmers to thrive, there is an urgent need for increased investment in the production of adapted certified seeds by strongly supporting research institutes like the Institut Sénégalais de Recherche Agricole (ISRA). By doing so, smallholders in synergy with the value chain actors will make a sustainable contribution to food and nutrition security in Senegal,” said Idrissa BA, ICCO Cooperation’s Country Lead in Senegal.

Photo courtesy of Francesca Noemi Marconi.

Source: allAfrica (link opens in a new window)

Agriculture, Coronavirus, Finance
business development, MSMEs, SDGs, smallholder farmers