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Agriculture and food security (AFS)

Agriculture and food security (AFS)

Agriculture is the base of the economy of West Africa, which, as the World Bank asserts, provides livelihoods for most of the vulnerable population and employs 60% of the active population and contributes up to 35% of the GDP.  However, it remains highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change including prolonged droughts, more frequent weather extremes, crop failure, and increase in crop pests that limit productivity and market potential, which in turn have resulted in low farm incomes, indebtedness, and food insecurity. Based on consultations and needs assessments, in its phase one, SERVIR West Africa focused on developing a pilot service on crop monitoring in Senegal which addresses a continuing need for accurate and up-to-date estimations of cropped areas as a precursor of improved estimates of agricultural production, and on a regional service for monitoring locusts to reduce the impacts of the pest outbreak.

During 2022-2027 SERVIR WA will strengthen the agriculture and food security (AFS) service area to meet the rapidly rising challenge of food and nutrition security in an international context marked by unsustainable increases in food imports and trade restrictions brought about by the COVID pandemic and the war in Ukraine. This effort will also seek to bridge the gap between AFS and Weather and Climate service areas, which will benefit from the support of University of Florida as a regional hub member. The AFS service area is led by Centre de Suivi Écologique (CSE, Dakar, Senegal).

Agriculture and food security (AFS)

Agriculture is the base of the economy of West Africa, which, as the World Bank asserts, provides livelihoods for most of the vulnerable population..

Land use land cover change and ecosystems (LUE)

Landscape management is associated with major challenges and opportunities throughout West Africa..

Water and water-related disasters (WRD)

Water scarcity and excess are the major constraints to sustainable livelihoods in the Sahel and West Africa. They usually result in floods and droughts..

Weather and climate (WAC)

West Africa is prone to high variability in seasonal weather. This is exacerbated by climate change, which increases the severity and frequency of this variation. Traditional means..

Financial instruments (FIS)

Financial Instruments (FIS) is a new service area proposed by SERVIR West Africa for 2022-2027 to build EO services that leverage stakeholders’ access to financial resources across..

Contact

c/o ICRISAT West and Central Africa Region Hub,
Samanko Station, Route de la Guinée,
P.O. Box 320, Bamako, Mali
info-servir@icrisat.org

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