Report / Factsheet

Climate vulnerability assessment for selected crops in Senegal

The Adaptation and Valorization of Entrepreneurship in Irrigated Agriculture (AVENIR) project aims to improve the socioeconomic well-being and resilience of farming households in the regions of Sedhiou and Tambacounda, Senegal. The project focuses on smallholder-irrigated systems through promotion of climate-adapted crops, smallholder irrigation and climate-smart agricultural technologies, particularly for women and young people. AVENIR seeks to promote crop diversification through the integration of rice, agroforestry,and horticulture. In the Tambacounda Region, in the Goudiry and Tambacounda Departments, the project will focus on activities along the rice and baobab value chains. In the Sédhiou Region, in the departments of Bounkiling and Goudomp, AVENIR will center on the rice, mango, and cashew value chains. Other crops prioritized for the two regions are ditakh, madd, onion,okra, and pepper. The Adaptation and Valorization of Entrepreneurship in Irrigated Agriculture (AVENIR) project aims to improve the socioeconomic well-being and resilience of farming households in the regions of Sedhiou and Tambacounda, Senegal. The project focuses on smallholder-irrigated systems through promotion of climate-adapted crops, smallholder irrigation and climate-smart agricultural technologies, particularly for women and young people. AVENIR seeks to promote crop diversification through the integration of rice, agroforestry,and horticulture. In the Tambacounda Region, in the Goudiry and Tambacounda Departments, the project will focus on activities along the rice and baobab value chains. In the Sédhiou Region, in the departments of Bounkiling and Goudomp, AVENIR will center on the rice, mango, and cashew value chains. Other crops prioritized for the two regions are ditakh, madd, onion,okra, and pepper. To produce a crop-specific vulnerability index and a final accumulative score, we combined the components of vulnerability using equal weighting. We also map the hotspots of climate change vulnerability and identify the underlying driving indicators. In Senegal, all the nine crops studied are most vulnerable in the southeastern regions, especially Tambacounda, Kaffrine, Sedhiou, Kolda, and Kedougou regions. More so, there is high vulnerability for baobab trees, ditakh, and madd to the north, and cashews, okra, mangoes, onions, peppers, and rice to the northeast. This study highlights how the adaptive capacity of the farming population can be enhanced by augmenting access to education and health care, improving nutrition, and developing infrastructure for marketing, transportation, and irrigation