SOIGNON - Establishment of an outgrowers network of onion producers in Senegal

January 2023
December 2025
Project cost
80 000 €
Role in the project
Socio-agronomic & business expertises




Agriculture Agroprocessing Market



Main goals

As part of an investment project by AATIF, in collaboration with IFC, in the first onion dehydration plant in Sub-Saharan Africa, a project led by the company SAF Ingrédients, AATIF has ordered a study via its technical assistance facility to strengthen the capacities of the newly created SAF-Ingrédients supply team

Specific objectives

Although the onion is a flagship of the Senegalese agricultural sectors, the quality and supply schedule requirements of such a factory require rigorous support for producers. Indeed, the specific need for a certain variety or a certain size means an adaptation of the agricultural practices of the producers, which moreover meets the requirements of environmental sustainability, and therefore a risk taking which must be accompanied


R1. Inception report
R2. Socio-economic and technical diagnostic report
R3. Theory of change for the SAF Ingrédients outgrower network
R4. Implementation plan for outgrower network technical support
R5. Economic modeling of producers
R6. Training plan
R7. Recommendations for procurement policy regarding biodiversity and other socio-environmental risks
R8. Annual reports


A1. Kick-off and documentary review
A2. Agronomic and socio-economic diagnosis, at the level of the plot, the activity system and existing producer organizations
A3. Traceability system support and creation of the producer database
A4. Definition of the Theory of Change and Producer Financial Model
A5. Technical support plans, producer training and demonstration fields
A6. Training plan and materials
A7. Practical Demonstration Fields and Adoption Tracking
A8. Sourcing policy and follow-up measures regarding the protection of biodiversity areas
A9. Tree nursery and irrigation research and development support

Related people

Value chain project manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Léo Godard

Agronomist with a degree from the French National School of Agricultural Science and Engineering of Toulouse (INP ENSAT), he works on the analysis of agroindustrial projects and provide consultancy for promoters and investors of agro value chains. He also provides technical assistance and consultancy for small to large scale agricultural to switch to organic or regenerative practices

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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 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.

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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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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Financial and administrative manager / Senegal

Sadio Cissé

She holds a Master 2 in Banking Finance Insurance from the University of Thiès. She started as an accounting secretary in an Italian international NGO in 2011 and then worked in many international and national organizations such as RAF. In her previous missions, she notably managed a school canteen project in the Thiès region