Whenever global food prices rise, developing countries are hit the hardest. Senegal is one such country. Rising food prices made even the most basic foodstuffs unaffordable.
Senegal needed to become more food self-sufficient, but a major obstacle was a lack of access to good quality seeds.
Two years ago, the European Union decided to allocate €3.6 million from their Food Facility Fund to help farmers grow more and better seeds. Not only has seed production increased, but there has been a change in the role farmers play in Senegal's economy.
Joanne Levitan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), reports.