Senegal has made tremendous strides politically and economically in the past decade. However, many challenges to growth remain: including poor infrastructure, an underdeveloped agriculture sector and limited access to education and health care. Winrock’s work in the West African nation since the 1980s has included: working with smallholder farmers to improve nutrition and incomes; increasing the skills and numbers of women farmers in the food system; and preventing and reducing the number of children working in dangerous labor conditions.
To meet Sub-Saharan Africa’s food security and economic challenges, the entire agriculture sector must learn new skills and embrace innovative technologies. Effective agriculture education and training providers — ranging from institutions providing formal certificates and diplomas to NGOs, agribusinesses, and cooperatives that directly train farmers — are absolutely essential in this task. Volunteer experts from the U.S. are supporting entities to better prepare students for productive careers and to transfer knowledge and innovations directly to farmers and others in the agriculture sector.