Feed the Future Senegal Nafoore Warsaaji (Gardens of Abundance). As prime contractor, Connexus is leading this 3-year, $6.5 USD million activity, which started in March 2020. The activity employs market-based approaches to link Senegalese vegetable and fruit farmers with market information and proven technologies. 

In particular, Connexus is working closely with NCBA CLUSA’s Feed the Future Senegal Kawolor Project to link women farmers to an array of value chain actors including input suppliers, Last Mile Entrepreneurs (LMEs), off-takers, transporters, and buyers by fostering creative partnerships and providing innovative finance across the horticultural value chain. By the end of three years, Nafoore will help 30,000 farmers access new technologies, enabling a 50% increase in smallholder gross margins, substantial increases in horticultural sales and private sector investment in Senegal’s horticulture value chains.

Connexus’ work is improving the organization, logistics and governance of horticulture value chains with enhanced technical assistance, increased access to finance, improved adoption of technology, and structured deals between end-market buyers and growers. Signed in March of 2020, in the midst of the COVID lockdown, Nafoore Warsaaji is already making some rapid improvements to the horticultural market system by:

About Feed the Future: Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth and trade that increase incomes and reduce hunger, poverty and undernutrition. For more information, visit www.feedthefuture.gov.

This publication was made possible through support provided by Feed the Future through the U.S. Agency for International Development, under terms of Contract No. 72068520C00001. The Opinions expressed herein are those if the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Agency for International Development

Client: USAID Senegal; 2020-2023