Heifer Senegal

Land area used for agriculture

Rely on agriculture for livelihood

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.

10000 Families
Were Assisted in FY2017

Livestock Placed In FY2017

Our Work In Senegal

In Senegal, we envision a country where people are self-reliant and live in harmony within a healthy natural environment. We aim to sustainably improve the socio-economic situations of families in the communities where we work through dynamic partnerships, while observing practices that are respectful of the environment. Our program in Senegal emphasizes integrated crop and livestock production, enterprise development, agroecological practices, gender equity, youth entrepreneurship and HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and voluntary counseling and testing.

Aissata Sow (6) helps her grand-aunt Haby Moussa Sow (51) carry water back from the well. They are part of the USAID Yaajeende Project in Senegal.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Leadership training, Gender training

  • Increased Income

    Livestock, Agroecology, Cooperative development, Value chain access, Basic business training

  • Social Capital

    HIV/AIDS prevention, Youth participation Passing on the Gift®, Group leadership training, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development

  • Nutrition

    Vegetable gardening, Diversified food sources, Composting

  • Environment

    Natural resource management, Agroforestry Biogas, Improved cookstoves, Reforestation

Programs and Projects

  • Baback:

    Baback Integrated Sheep and Crop Project
  • Diarrere:

    Diarrere Integrated Production and Market Development Project
  • Fandene:

    Fandene Diversified Production Initiative Project
  • Income and Nutrition:

    Smallholder Income and Nutrition Project
  • USAID:

    USAID Yaajeende Agricultural Development Project

Project Partners


  • Child Fund International Senegal
  • The Government of Senegal via the National Biogas Programme in Senegal
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Local implementing partners

  • Ministry of Livestock and Animal Production
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Infrastructures
  • Inter-State School of Veterinary Medicine and Sciences Senegal
  • National School of Agriculture (ENSA) Senegal
  • Ministry of Territorial Administration and Local Collectivity
  • Ministry in Charge of Women, the Family and  Children’s Affairs
  • Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development


Heifer International Senegal

170 Rue Yacine Boubou, Quartier Escale B.P. 811 – Thies Senegal

T: (221) 33 939 59 20

F: (221) 33 951 99 69

E: heifer.senegal@heifer.org

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