SENEGAL: USAID agricultural project launched

An agricultural education and research project was launched this month by the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, and the Senegalese government, reported the Agence de Presse Sénégalaise of Dakar.

The five-year USAID-ERA project will receive US$28 million funding under the Feed the Future food security initiative of US President Barack Obama, said APS.

The launch ceremony was due to take place on 25 January with Amadou Tidiane Bâ, Senegal's Minister for Universities, Regional University Centres and Scientific Research, and Kevin Mullally, director of USAID Senegal.

APS quoted a communiqué that said the objective of the project was to strengthen institutional and human capacities in agricultural education and research. "It intends, in relation to the private sector, to set up a sustainable agricultural system, adapted to agricultural knowledge and information systems that favour productivity, cost-effectiveness, economic growth and food security in Senegal," said the statement.

It said USAID-ERA would be conducted with an innovative approach, including establishment of a major exchange programme between a consortium of five American universities and Senegalese universities, training centres and institutes of agricultural research.