Strengthening Agricultural Adaptation (SAGA)

Enhancing food security in the face of climate change threats requires a holistic approach.
Strengthening the adaptive capacities of small-scale farmers can help meet the country's food needs and improve the livelihoods of those who depend on it .
Mobilizing traditional knowledge and involving youth and women is essential for effective and inclusive resilience.
Increasing international cooperation is needed to support countries’ efforts toward climate change adaptation for food security.
Joint efforts of governments, civil society, and research can increase the resilience of vulnerable groups and food systems to climate change.

The ‘Strengthening Agricultural Adaptation’ (SAGA) global project aims to reinforce adaptation planning for food security and nutrition in two Francophone countries particularly vulnerable to climate change: Haiti and Senegal.

As the first ever FAO project implemented through a financial and technical partnership with the government of Quebec, SAGA is aligned with the Hand-in-Hand Initiative and answers the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Paris Agreement call for ambitious collaborative efforts. SAGA promotes practices that protect biodiversity and value ecosystem services and recognizes the importance of building on traditional knowledge and the key role of rural women and youth in climate change adaptation planning.


What we do

FAO and the government of Quebec have joined forces with the Governments of Senegal and Haiti to support the implementation of the adaptation component of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the integration of agriculture in the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) process. The SAGA project supports two Francophone Least Developed Countries (LDCs): a small island developing state (SIDS), Haiti, and a sub-Saharan African country, Senegal. In both countries, climate change poses an immediate and serious threat to food security, nutrition and livelihoods.

  SENEGAL                         HAITI

This project responds to the call for capacity building in adaptation planning for the most vulnerable countries to support the achievement of the goals announced in their NDCs, and to fight hunger.

Our approach

Our approach

The project builds partnerships with governmental entities, civil society organizations, and universities and research institutions at international, national and local levels, for food security and nutrition. Applying a holistic approach - multi-actor, multi-sector and, multi-scale - SAGA designs activities around four complementary components:

Developing policy support tools and guidance and feeding the scientific and practical knowledge produced into key planning policy processes in the agricultural sectors.

Civil society
Undertaking community-based pilot interventions, including through gender and nutrition sensitive farmer field schools, to strengthen farmers’ adaptative capacities.

Generating data and scientific evidence on vulnerability and adaptation options in the agricultural sectors.

Awareness-raising, advocacy and dialogue
Capitalizing on existing climate change coordination mechanisms to facilitate dialogue among local, national and international partners involved.

The project is an outcome of the International Symposium on Food Security and Nutrition in the Age of Climate Change that took place in Quebec in September 2017. It embodies both the government of Quebec and FAO’s wish to strengthen their collaboration in the field of climate change and the fight against hunger. Led by the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB), SAGA will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG-2 “Zero Hunger and SDG-13 “Climate Action”.



The SAGA project consists of a large network of international and local partners, fully committed to the successful implementation of the project. The involvement of nine organizations for international cooperation from Quebec, in association with their national partners in Senegal and Haiti, constitute a rich network to foster fruitful cooperation.

Our partners in SENEGAL

Ministère de l’agriculture et de l’équipement rural (MAER)

Ministère de l’environnement et du développement durable (MEDD)

Agence nationale de l’aviation civile et de la météorologie (ANACIM)

Agence sénégalaise de la reforestation et de la Grande muraille verte (ANRGMV)

Association pour la promotion de la femme sénégalaise (APROFES)

Association sénégalaise pour la promotion du développement par la base (ASPRODEB)

Cadre de concertation des producteurs d’arachide de Kaolack (CCPA)

Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale (CECI)

Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD)

Centre Régional AGRHYMET

Conseil national de concertation et de coopération des ruraux (CNCR)

Consortium on Regional Climatology and Adaptation to Climate Change (Ouranos)

Coopérative agroalimentaire de la Casamance (CAC-Miel)

Crossroads International

Fédération des associations du Fouta pour le développement (FAFD)

Fédération des groupements associés des paysans de Baol (FGAPB)

Fédération des producteurs maraîchers des Niayes (FPMN)

Groupe de recherche et d’appui aux initiatives mutualistes (GRAIM)

Institut sénégalais de recherches agricoles (ISRA)

Mcgill University

Mer et Monde

Organisation pour la mise en valeur du Fleuve Sénégal (OMVS)

Société de Coopération pour le Développement International (SOCODEVI)

Solidarité union coopération (SUCO)

Union des Groupements Paysans de Meckhé (UGPM)

Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar

Université Laval

UPA Développement international (UPA DI)


Our partners in HAITI

Ministère de l’environnement (MED)

Ministère de l’agriculture des ressources naturelles et du développement rural (MARNDR)

Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale (CECI)

Solidarité union coopération (SUCO)

Université Laval


Books, case studies, technical notes, policy briefs, key documents and meeting reports about the activities of the SAGA project in Senegal and Haiti. Discover more.

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Martial Bernoux, Senior natural resources officer and NEST Team coordinator (OCB, FAO)
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Awa Mbodj, Climate change consultant (OCB, FAO)
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Alessandro Spairani, Programme officer (OCB, FAO)
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