Initiative prospective agricole et rurale (IPAR)

Image Credit: 
Ray Witlin - World Bank
Dakar, Senegal
Date Established: 
Food & Agriculture
Social Policy
Think Tank Website: 
Cheikh Oumar Ba
Executive Director
A relatively young organization, IPAR has won recognition from key stakeholders in Senegal’s agricultural and rural communities. In the coming years, IPAR hopes to become a major actor informing the debates on public policy in agriculture and rural development in West Africa.

Initiative prospective agricole et rurale (IPAR) began its activities in 2004, formally registering in 2008 as an independent, non-profit research organization. The Institute is committed to informing national public debate and promoting ongoing dialogue between policymakers, researchers, and users of research results in Senegal.

IPAR has developed an independent research agenda with a focus on rural development, agriculture, migration and employment, and food security policies, which are key issues in the current development policy debate in Senegal. Other research themes include education, water management policies, climate change, decentralization, and good governance issues.

The Institute has built links with peasant networks and civil society organizations, as well as with private enterprise and with policymakers, including the Ministère de l’agriculture. Through a commissioned study, IPAR recently contributed to assessing the impact of trade liberalization on agricultural development in Senegal.

Research Areas: 
crop productivity in Senegal
ensuring land security of family farms
migration, demographics and employment
public policy
negotiations about natural resources (Négos-GRN)
large-scale acquisition of land
training rural and agricultural sector stakeholders