Israeli experts arrived in Senegal to conduct a special mission to advance and promote the establishment of the TIPA project as a model to alleviate rural poverty and improve the living conditions of smallholder farmers. The TIPA-PAPSEN model (Technical and Agricultural Innovation for Poverty Alleviation) is a tripartite partnership between Israel, Italy and Senegal, with the overall objective of strengthening food security and the promotion of local development through innovative and sustainable agricultural systems, including increasing and diversifying agricultural production through the transfer of modern farming practices such as micro-irrigation while improving the technical and business skills of the smallholder farmers involved.
The project is being implemented by MASHAV through CINADCO in the regions of Thies, Diourbel and Fatick and in the regions of Kolda and Sédhiou. The direct beneficiaries of the program are smallholder farmers (mostly women), groups and producers associations, youth and rural women, small entrepreneurs, farmers’ organizations and local authorities. Within the tripartite project, a new Service and Support Center is being established in Bambey. The Center will provide professional training and extension, and logistical, technical and research support. It will include lectures and practical training to be conducted by MASHAV-CINADCO agricultural experts.