West African Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP)

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Raising farmer’s voice

“I have seeded 50 acres of peanuts and 40 acres of millet three times since the month of May. I was not successful in yielding one single acre,” says Talla Ndiaye, a local farmer from the village of Nguick.

Mr. Ndiaye is not the only farmer wringing his hands in despair as crops continue to wither. Smallholder female farmers Ramata Niass and Faty Penda Niasse have also found themselves and their village in the same critical situation, leading them all to the Tool Baye Seed Cooperative processing unit in Kaolack.

In attempts to mitigate this difficult situation, the West African Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP), sponsored by the World Bank and the government of Senegal, is providing one-time subsidies on the sale of 1,713 tons of maize seeds, 90 tons of millet seeds, and 122 tons of sorghum seeds in order to help ease the financial burden on Senegalese smallholder farmers who have already lost its year’s sowing.

Launched in 2007, the West African Agricultural Productivity Program’s main mission is to generate and disseminate improved agricultural technologies to boost productivity in 13 participating countries.

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