Exploring agribusiness entrepreneurship in Senegal

Exploring agribusiness entrepreneurship in Senegal

Report on the second stakeholder workshop held in Saint-Louis on September 6th, 2011

Following the first workshop held in Dakar on July 26th, infoDev conducted a series of interviews and focus groups with entrepreneurs (including farmers, service providers, exporters, and other stakeholders), intermediaries and representative associations, capacity building and research organizations, public authorities, development cooperation entities, and agribusiness projects in the areas of Dakar, Thies and Saint-Louis. These interviews were conducted to complete and complement the needs analysis and previously conducted feasibility assessment.

Saint-Louis’ hydroagricultural potential constitutes a huge reservoir for developing high added value production and for job and wealth creation, in order to address the demand from the national and international markets.

In order to analyze local needs, infoDev gathered horticulture stakeholders from Northern Senegal for a working level workshop in Saint-Louis on September 6th. The objective of this workshop was to hear the inputs of the 25 stakeholders representing entrepreneurs, financiers, representative associations, and public authorities as to a) what they view as the biggest market opportunities for value addition in the horticulture sector, b) what they view as the most significant barriers to enterprise start-up and growth in the specific market opportunities identified, and c) whether they confirm that the 3 value chains of tomato, onion, and mango identified in Dakar present the most promising opportunities for value addition in the horticulture sector.

To learn more about the value chains identified for their growth potential and the next steps of the stakeholders’ involvement process, please consult the summary report available below in French. Check back for more information as the initiative progresses!

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