Scaling Up of Sahel Rice Varieties in Senegal: Review of Successful Scaling of Agircultural Technologies
This report examines the scaling up of a package of innovations in the irrigated rice seed sector in Senegal through commercial pathways from 2010 to 2015. This package includes: capacity to certify quality rice seed; good agricultural practices; the capacity of the value chain in key areas to supply inputs, services and downstream market linkages; and perhaps most importantly, financial innovations. This study focuses only on the irrigated rice value chain in the Senegal River Valley (SRV) region and does not examine the scaling up of Nerica rice varieties in rainfed areas of Senegal. It is one of five studies looking at successful scaling up of agricultural innovations in developing countries. The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Food Security (USAID/BFS) has commissioned the E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project to conduct these studies as part of its efforts to scale up the impact of the Feed the Future (FTF) food security initiative. The goal of these studies is to produce lessons learned and ultimately guidance for USAID and its country Missions interested in integrating a commercial pathways approach to scaling up into their FTF project designs, procurements, and implementation. This overall research is designed to provide a better understanding of what types of innovations and country contexts are best suited to scaling up through commercial pathways, and what activities, strategies, and support are necessary to facilitate that successfully.