Feed the Future Senegal Nafoore Warsaaji (Gardens of Abundance) Activity (2020-2023). As prime contractor, Connexus is leading this three-year, $6.5M activity. The activity focuses on establishing Private Sector Engagements (PSE) among leading agribusinesses firms, producer organizations, and local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to create 23 “horticulture hubs” in different regions of Senegal. These hubs – local networks of lead firms, SMEs, and farmers working together around specific value chains – provide rural farmers and agribusinesses with increased access to input technologies, agricultural support services, finance, insurance products, and post-harvest infrastructure as well as increased options for networking, partnership, deal-making, learning, and mentoring so that more smallholders can participate competitively in commercial horticulture. 

Connexus is working with NCBA CLUSA’s Feed the Future Kawolor Resilience Project to link more women farmers to the hubs. In its first two years, the hubs have grown to include more than 19,000 smallholder farmers and small entrepreneurs, including more than 10,000 women and youth. To date, the project has facilitated over $8M in financing for horticultural actors and leveraged more than $6.8M in private sector investments. Ultimately, Nafoore Warsaaji aims to empower 30,000 smallholder farmers to enter commercial horticulture and increase their gross margins by 50%.

Connexus is also applying an Antifragile Market Systems Approach to the hubs to ensure that they can thrive in the context of continual stresses and shocks and rapidly pivot to embrace new market opportunities or prepare for emerging threats. The Connexus approach assesses and strengthens five key dimensions of antifragility in market systems: innovation, optionality, learning, trust, and diversity.

Examples of significant innovations that Nafoore is facilitating with lead horticultural market actors include:

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 of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Client: USAID Senegal; 2020-2023