A Guide to Farming Opportunities

Goal: Ensure the choice of farm sites

As part of the site selection process, a "Selection of farm and DAC sites" committee chaired by the Agency's CEO is set up.

It brings together representatives from the Department of Studies, Planning and Infrastructures, the Department of Training and Development, the Department of Support for the Promotion of Private Initiative and the IT and Monitoring-Evaluation Unit.

This Committee meets every six months, convened by the Managing Director, to select, according to defined criteria, the locations that will provide the farms with sufficient assets to achieve their objectives.

Select sites

Goal: Deliver compliant hydro-agricultural and livestock infrastructure and facilities.

Prior to any development, preliminary studies are carried out on project sites. These studies cover topics as varied as agronomy, topography, hydrology, hydrogeology, pedology, sociology, etc. The results of these studies are used to draw up development plans and define how the farms are to be developed.

In addition to the areas of intervention initially defined at the start-up of ANIDA, relating to the creation of village farms and support for private initiative, other eminently strategic areas have been established to better respond to the obvious enthusiasm of the Senegalese people for a return to agriculture. These include the nataangue family farm program, which contributes to the modernization of family farms, and the establishment of "Aires Agricoles Communautaires (AAE)".

In some cases, project management for all these developments is entrusted to engineering firms, who carry out design studies and supervision of the work on behalf of ANIDA. For smaller-scale projects, this work can be carried out by DEAI's team of experts. The preparation of specifications for the selection of contractors is based on the results of the studies, and remains in line with the availability of budgetary resources.

For farm layout and equipment work, the Rural Engineering experts in charge of the project monitor and supervise the contractors and design offices. They are responsible for overseeing the execution of the tasks defined in the project, in accordance with contractual provisions. Mission reports attest to the physical progress of the work entrusted to them.

The traceability of work and service provision is guaranteed by filing systems established for all managed projects. These records come from the works companies, the inspection offices and ANIDA.

The conformity of the works is certified by the acceptance reports for the works and equipment, which certify that the services have been carried out correctly and in accordance with the rules of the trade. A guarantee of the qualifications of the key personnel carrying out the work and providing the services is required, and is proven by the references of the personnel proposed by the contractor for work of a similar nature and complexity to that for which they are to be involved. For landscaping work, a performance bond provides an annual guarantee for the works and equipment. If no malfunctions attributable to the contractor have been noted, a final acceptance report is drawn up to complete the project.

Build hydro-agricultural facilities and infrastructure

Purpose: to ensure transparent and fair selection, organization and installation of farmers

As part of the farmer selection process, a "Local Selection and Monitoring Committee" chaired by the Sub-Prefect and comprising local players is set up to ensure a participative and inclusive approach to beneficiary selection. A census is carried out by the socio-economic team to identify interested parties and register them in individual insertion request forms.

This committee, under the supervision of the team, selects beneficiaries according to criteria of equity, gender and age (18-50). Installed farmers come together to form MSEs and the MSE Union. The latter, under a concession contract with ANIDA, is responsible for managing and operating the farm. The cost of setting up the GIE is covered by the beneficiaries, and ANIDA facilitates the opening of a bank account in the name of the Union des GIE.

Select farmers and place them on farms

Agricultural component

Purpose : To ensure the organization of producers; to improve the productivity and yield of agricultural clusters through agricultural advisory services and training.

The planning of agricultural perimeters, annual development programs and production contracts make it possible to select speculations and technical production itineraries. Technical and commercial studies guarantee the production commitments made to private promoters and the requirements of local consumption. Visit reports drawn up by agricultural experts provide periodic monitoring and control of production activities on the various farms. The technical support provided guarantees compliance with planned activities from preparation to agricultural production. Particular attention is paid to seed planting and the application of selected pesticides. Farming activity reports provide an overall assessment of production campaigns at regular intervals.

Producer capacity-building component

Purpose : Développer les capacités professionnelles des acteurs pour une meilleure prise en charge des exigences en termes de production, de gestion des exploitations et des besoins de consommation.

In addition to basic training, capacity-building needs are identified by beneficiaries. These needs are also derived from data analysis of training activities carried out, as well as the specific features of farms (facilities and infrastructures - production contracts). Training courses implemented by in-house experts or selected training providers (in accordance with public procurement rules) are planned and documented in training reports. Records providing proof of these achievements (certificates - training modules and tools) are also kept. Various evaluations are carried out to ensure compliance with training requirements. Training files are kept up to date to ensure traceability of producers' training actions.

Marketing component

Purpose : Contribute to the economic viability of agro-sylvo-pastoral activity clusters through the development of effective and efficient marketing systems.

Specific objectives are pursued and periodically reviewed to ensure that the cultivation and marketing programs are in line with the target markets. A program of activities ensures operational follow-up of specific objectives. This plan completes and optimizes the support system for producers of the various agro-sylvo-pastoral farms, notably by securing production contracts, promoting local products and putting producers in direct contact with consumers. This dynamic approach to solving marketing problems provides producers with substantial economic added value.

Supporting the development of hydro-agricultural farms

Purpose: To promote the production and marketing of animal products on agricultural farms (meat, milk, fish, eggs, etc.) by setting up modern farms offering quality products.

Speculations are mainly determined by environmental conditions, which guide the choice of species to raise, and market research, which indicates the commercial potential of target markets. Periodic monitoring and control, supported by on-site technical support, ensure traceability of animal production.

Scrupulous compliance with applicable regulations is ensured by extensive documentation of production activities and expertise in the field. Visit reports guarantee compliance with good production practices and prospects for business development. Activity reports assess the results of production campaigns.

Promoting livestock production

Goal: Provide appropriate responses to requests from private promoters and producers.

Based on requests from private promoters and producers, which are recorded and validated jointly with General Management, support packages (technical, economic and financial) are formulated and communicated. The projects selected take into account the intervention and partnership strategy adopted by General Management, as well as the budgetary resources earmarked for the "support for private initiative" component.

The selection and evaluation of applications are subject to clearly defined criteria. The implementation of support services takes into account the customer's validation of the services included in the offer.

Supporting private initiative

Purpose: to measure the effects and impact of farms on beneficiaries, and evaluate the Agency's performance.

To monitor farm activities, indicators are developed to measure the agency's performance. A procedure has been established to fill in these various indicators and ensure proper data collection for the production of activity reports. Reference situations are established through a socio-economic survey of farmers.

The aim is to draw up a monograph of the areas where the farms are located, in order to understand the overall dynamics of the village, its activities and its level of rural development on the one hand, and to measure the impact of the farms on the households of the beneficiaries and on the villages on the other.

Monitor and evaluate activities

Goal: To create a Naatangué Family Farm

The Naatangué family farm is a small integrated agricultural operation (market gardening,
tree farming, poultry farming, fish farming, etc.) with water control and set up on an
area of 1 to 2 ha (expandable).


L’objectif global est d’améliorer les performances des exploitations familiales par la maitrise de l’eau et la diversification
Les objectifs spécifiques :
- Promouvoir la modernisation des exploitations familiales par l’équipement, la diversification
des productions agricoles et l’accroissement des rendements
- Renforcer les capacités techniques et la professionnalisation des agriculteurs
- Favoriser la création d’emplois par le développement des fermes agricoles modernes au
profit des jeunes et des femmes
- Contribuer à l’accroissement des revenus
- Améliorer l’alimentation et la nutrition
- Renforcer l’intégration agriculture-élevage
- Réduire l’exode des jeunes ruraux vers les centres urbains


  •  Young people (men and women), rural and urban
  •  Graduates of vocational training schools
  • Farmers already in business
  • Emigrants planning to return


  • Land availability 1 or 2 ha (deliberation or any other act justifying a
    developer's control over the land)
  • Legal formalization (company incorporation)
  •  Project presentation
  •  Projects already undertaken by the promoter
  • Lettre adressé au Directeur Général


- Well with solar-powered pump
- Market gardening area of 0.5 ha
- 280 m3 fish pond
- 1 poultry house of 12 m2
- 1 small stable
- 1 small raised water tank (1 to 5 m3)
- 1 dwelling + toilet enabling the farmer to live on his farm
- Fruit growing


- Cost: 12,000,000 F CFA
- Shared-cost financing arrangements 2 options :

  •  Intervention of a financial backer :
    -Donor contribution: 50% - State: 20% - Beneficiary: 50%.
  •  Without financial backer: State: 50% - Beneficiary: 50%.