Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme

Joining forces to fight climate change in Senegal: the SAGA has begun

From 26/09/2019 1:00 To 26/09/2019 1:00
Location: Dakar, Senegal

26 September 2019, Dakar - The Government of Senegal, together with the Government of Quebec, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and over seventy representatives from the public, research, civil society, and private sectors, officially launched the Senegal component of the global project to strengthen adaptation planning capacities for food security and nutrition, entitled ‘Strengthening AGricultural Adaptation’ (SAGA)

Ensuring food security and nutrition in the age of climate change is one of the most important challenges for the coming years. Funded by the Ministry of International Relations and Francophonie of Quebec (MRIF), SAGA is a multi-stakeholder collaboration project led by FAO, to strengthen the resilience of the agricultural sectors for sustainable development in Senegal and Haiti. By working on the political, field development and research dimensions at the local, national and international levels, the project offers an opportunity to put into practice a holistic approach to climate change adaptation planning. 

His Excellency Mamadou Salif SOW, Secretary of State in charge of good governance, Government of Senegal, expressed the country’s ambitions:

“We will spare no efforts to support the adaptation planning exercise that will lead to a new generation of projects and programs in the era of climate change.” 

The launch highlighted the importance of agricultural and food systems in the fight against climate change, and how the project will implement concrete and inter-sectorial solutions to reduce the vulnerability of these systems to the effects of climate change.                                                                                                                               

“SAGA-Senegal aligns with the foremost priorities of the Government of Senegal and FAO. The project presents the opportunity not only to strengthen the resilience of the agricultural sectors, but also to foster synergies and exchanges of experiences, based on an innovative reflection of cooperation and solidarity.” Dr. Gouantoueu Robert Guei, FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for West Africa and Representative in Senegal.

From 2019 to 2021, SAGA-Senegal will support the implementation of the adaptation component of Senegal's Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the agricultural sectors. It will also facilitate the completion of three studies assessing resilience potential in the fields of water, livestock and agroforestry, and will support the rural populations of the Senegalese regions of Niayes, Groundnut Basin, Casamance, Senegal River and Matam for the implementation and scaling up of adaptation practices.

Through their active contributions, participants also took stock of the current state of 1) the national adaptation plan (NAP) process for the agriculture sectors, 2) knowledge regarding information of climate and vulnerability, 3) successful adaptation practices and approaches implemented in Senegal’s agro-ecological zones.  Indeed, the project proposes to build on existing processes, knowledge and interventions, exploiting synergies and creating links between all sectors, actors and scales of the project through a systemic approach.

The Government of Quebec is proud to be part of the SAGA project, as a result of a long-lasting collaboration established over the years between Quebec and FAO.

I am particularly pleased that this project aligns perfectly with the ‘Africa Vision’ that we are developing, which will contribute to strengthening climate change adaptation planning capacities for food security and nutrition in Senegal.”

Nadine Girault, Minister of International Relations and Francophonie, Government of Quebec, expressed during the launch.