MAFAP releases new food and agriculture policy monitoring report for Senegal

27 Oct 2021
Report covers government spending analysis and policy coherence on food and agriculture as well as a price incentives analysis for 3 commodities in Senegal.

 

 

A new report that covers an analysis of the last 15 years of government spending devoted to food and agriculture in Senegal as well as an economic analysis of 3 key commodities - peanuts, onion and rice - has been released today by the Monitoring and Analsying Food and Agricutural Policies (MAFAP) programme.

 

Among the findings are:

  • Public spending on food and agriculture has been on the rise in Senegal during 2010-2017, but below the African Union Maputo target of 10% of devoting 10% of total public epxnediture to food and agroculture. 
  • Spending follows some increases but along a volatile trajectory, averaging a total of FCFA 332 billion (approximately USD 585 million) a year. 2016 saw spending reach its highest at FCFA 490 billion, followed by a 23% decrease in 2017. 
  • Price incentives for rice were positive, largely down to measures to encourage the commercialisation of local rice. 
  • Producers of peanuts and onion have generally had incentives to produce. 

 

Some of the study's recommendations include:

  • Greater spending on infastructure, storage facilities and on commercialisation. This will also improve post-harvest loss and waste.
  • Address the volaltiliy (increases then declines) in budget allocation to food and agriculture.
  • Rethink trade policy on rice imports while adopting measures to ensure self-sufficency and inprove the qaulity of broken rice

 

The report was written Renata Baborska, Policy Analyst at MAFAP, with contributions and reviews from the wider MAFAP team as well as the Ministries of Finance and Budget, of Trade and Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses, and of Agricuture and Rural Equipment. 

Read the full report here