PROPAC - Professionalisation of the Professional Agricultural Organisations of the Agropole Centre

July 2021
July 2024
Project cost
440 000 €
Role in the project




Agriculture Organic Agriculture Agroprocessing Market


Peanut Cashew Cereal Corn Horticulture Millet NTFPs Salt Sesame

Main goals

Promote models of Professional Agricultural Organisations for a more equitable marketing and a resilient agricultural sector favourable to the emergence and development of an inclusive and sustainable agri-food sector in the Sine Saloum

Specific objectives

Promote the adequacy between the bearing agricultural production sectors and the demands of agro-industrialists (in particular the Agropoles) by supporting the development of leading POs in the departments of Kaolack, Foudiougne and Nioro.


  • 31 POs in the groundnut, cereal (maize and millet), salt, sesame, cashew, horticlture and NTFP value chains, including 10 supervised by PARERBA
  • Agribusinesses and other economic actors will benefit indirectly from the project's services
  • The populations of the localities of the targeted POs who will benefit from the actions and opportunities offered thanks to the development processes triggered by the project


R1. The different POs targeted by the action, market their members' products at more remunerative and fairer prices thanks to a better reliability and viability of their relations with the agro-industrialists
R2. The POs targeted by the action have a better structured governance model with a collective project and collaborative tools compatible with the sustainable development of the agricultural sector of the Agropole Centre
R3. The services provided by the targeted POs improve the productivity of their members and constitute a showcase of success for those who are still not very active

Three of these cooperatives have developed websites, a means of increasing the visibility of their actions:



A1. Participatory situational analysis of supply (quality and quantity, marketing system, own resources, available resources, ambitions, constraints); diagnostic analysis of the marketing opportunities in the territories, (study of demand; B2B Buyer-Seller meetings, awareness-raising days on marketing opportunities; support for contractualisation); training on negotiation and contractualisation techniques
A2. Strengthening the structuring of POs (training on the roles and responsibilities of leaders, on the functions of a PO), governance and dynamism of POs (compliance with OHADA law; definition and development of a common project and collaborative tools); training/awareness-raising on transparency and accountability; training on profiling new members
A3. Participatory analysis of services provided by POs; training on inclusion strategies and distribution of benefits; training of endogenous facilitators on production, harvesting and post-harvest tehcnical itineraries; capitalisation activity

Related people

Country representative in Senegal

Cheikh Ousmane Loum

Graduated from a Master 2 in Territorial Planning - Decentralization and Local Development from the Faculty of Geography of the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar. He also holds an engineering degree (Master 1) in community development and training from the Higher School of Applied Economics in Dakar. He is an expert in agricultural market analysis and in training and supporting producer organizations

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Endogenous facilitator / Agriculture & market / Senegal

Mbaye Ndao

Graduated from Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis (UGB) with a bachelor's degree in crop production and Agronomy and a higher diploma in entrepreneurial management (BAC+3) in the management of agricultural companies, animal production and crop production . He has experience at Carrefour International Canada, as a trainer in agroecology, advisor for the installation of market gardening perimeters and project evaluator. He was also a senior technician in vegetable production for the Cooperative Des Producteurs Maraîchers De Ngane/Kaolack (COOPMAN)

Project officer / Agriculture & Market / France

Pierre Ricau

Holder of a Master Degree in "Agricultural Development and Economic Policies" from the Institute of Development Studies (IEDES), Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University and AgroParisTech. He brings his expertise in agricultural market analysis (especially cashew, sesame, shea, cocoa, hevea, corn, rice and onion), development of agro-food sectors, training engineering and consultancy on public agricultural/agro-industrial policies

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Project Manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Julien Gonnet

Holder of a Professional Master II in Sustainable Development from the University of Geneva and a Master I in Geography from the University of Jean Moulin, he brings his expertise in project and studies building and management on agricultural markets, the use of ICT within the agriculture sector, the implementation of certification (organic, fair...) and engineering training

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Project Officer / France

François Griffon

Holder of a Master's degree in "Sustainable Farming and Agri-food Systems in the South", specialised in "Markets, Organization, Quality and Services" from Montpellier SupAgro - Institut des Régions Chaudes (IRC), he brings his expertise in sector and value chain analysis, market studies, quality management and farmers' organisations services and support

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Project Manager - Agrarian Systems - Territories - Agro-ecology / Agriculture & Market / Senegal

Pierre Sutter

Graduate Engineer in Agriculture, Specialized in Agroecology of the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture (ISA), he brings his expertise to the methodological support of the teams on the realization of diagnosis at the scale of the territory and the plot to develop the rules for managing natural resources and co-constructing innovative agricultural practices with producers. Based in Dakar serving West & Central Africa.

Assistant project manager in commercial intermediation / Agriculture & Market / Senegal

Mame Khady Niane

Holder of an engineering degree in land use planning and urban management from the Ecole Supérieure d'Economie Appliquée (ESEA) in Dakar, she has 6 years of experience as a project manager on organizational governance and commercial intermediation