Remarks for Ambassador Mushingi
USAID Darajaal Ceeb Public Private Partnership Activity Launch
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Madame Sous Prefet of Ndiaye, Oumou Diamanka
Monsieur Mayor of Ronkh, Amadou Tidiane Ndiaye
Monsieur Regional Director of Rural Development, Mr. Hamadou Balde
Monsieur le Administrator of the Bureau of Land Management of the Senegal River Valley, Mr. Alassane Ba
Thank you for joining me today. I am happy to be in Thiagar today and see the good work that is being done here.
Darajaal Ceeb represents the success of our shared investments in the rice value chain in the Senegal River Valley.
Over the last 10 years, domestic rice production in Senegal has quintupled thanks to financing for mechanization, the use of fertilizer, improved seed varieties, and other productivity enhancing technologies.
Small enterprises are growing into larger ones, driving economic growth and a better future for the people of Rosso, Saint-Louis, and Senegal. This growth creates jobs, and no one is better at creating jobs than energetic entrepreneurs like Ibrahima Sall. With United States Government support, Ibrahima Sall has been able to grow Coumba Nor Thiam from a small enterprise to one of the leaders in Senegal River Valley rice production.
Along the way, Coumba Nor Thiam has been able to leverage money and build partnerships that are laying firm foundations for regional growth. These private sector partnerships are the most sustainable because the partners are invested in the outcome. Darajaal Ceeb will work to boost food security and local rice revenues. Farmers will be able to increase their yields, and have a guaranteed market for their produce. They will be able to access credit for agricultural equipment, better seed and fertilizer, and training. A new warehouse will handle the increased volume of rice produced. And links to larger markets will boost the incomes of the farmers and continue to strengthen the economy in the Rosso area. This will benefit Coumba Nor Thiam, but, more importantly, it will benefit the region and the country.
The American people remain committed to meeting the critical challenge of developing the agriculture sector through inclusive growth to the benefit of everyone in Senegal. And we look forward to doing this in new ways, with more investment in the private sector through partnerships like these.