47%Land area used for agriculture
57%Rely on agriculture for livelihood
30%Live below poverty lin
Senegal is considered one of the most stable countries in Africa. Though its economy was once driven by slaves, gold and ivory during the 17th and 18th centuries, it is now largely driven by agriculture. Fifty-seven percent of Senegal’s population live in rural areas and 47 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes. Fifty-seven percent of its total population relies on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Senegal rates 163 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). Almost 30 percent of its 14 million people live below the poverty line, or on $1.25 a day, and 14 percent of its children under 5 are malnourished.