Youth in peanut production in Senegal

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Bradford Mills, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Genti Kostandini, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
University of Georgia, Griffin, GA

Pierre Maurice Diatta, Consultant, Senegal


Retaining next generation farmers in the Senegalese groundnut basin

Area of inquiry: Gender & Youth

Country focus: Senegal

Project length: 3 years

Total budget: $350,000

Despite the strong historic emphasis on groundnut production in central and western Senegal, the sector has been stagnant in recent years as climatic variability and uncertainty in policies have generated a risky production environment. This production environment has also reduced incentives for young adults to enter into groundnut production, which threatens the long-run viability of peanut production.

The project explores climatic and land-tenure constraints to youth participation in the Senegalese groundnut sector and evaluates the feasibility of technology and policy options to address constraints.

Four key hypothesis drive the proposed research.

1) Youth participation is a key to future viability of the Senegalese groundnut sector.

2) Youth will choose groundnut farming if the sector contributes to a viable livelihood strategy.

3) Reducing production and land tenure risks are essential for increasing the viability of groundnut production as a household livelihood strategy.

4) Technical and policy options exist to reduce groundnut production risk and land tenure risk for the next generation of Senegalese farmers.