Community Animal Health Workers trained
Animals distributed to poor households
Senegal, one of the most industrialized countries in Africa, is known for its democratic tradition and social stability. Over the past few decades, however, global price volatility for cotton and peanuts (Senegal’s two most highly exported products) and rising prices for imported foods have had a direct impact on rural populations and have caused widespread frustration. Some people are deciding to leave and move to urban centers, which are becoming more and more overpopulated. The growing urbanization is inciting governments to introduce measures to reduce food prices by lowering trade tariffs (on rice, meat, powdered milk, etc.) in order to ensure that urban consumers, who often earn low incomes, can afford to feed themselves. But these measures are detrimental to local small-scale producers, who are not able to compete with the imported products.
AVSF has been helping smallholder farmers and agro-pastoralists from Senegal for over 20 years in the Casamance region, in the prairies of the Fatik region, and in the Ferlo savannah. VSF Italy recently started to support a dairy project in Kaffrine.
What we do:
- Strengthening the capacities of livestock farmers for the production and commercialization of milk and strengthening the processing capacities of small dairies in Velingara (Kolda region).
- Supporting agro-pastoral production through the establishment of ‘pastoral units’, an innovative and efficient model to jointly manage pastoral resources and empowering livestock keepers’ organizations in the Ferlo region.
- Supporting the creation of fairer supply chains (often fair trade or organic) for products such as sesame and cashew nuts.
- Strengthening women’s organizations of cashew and sesame producers and organizations of poultry farmers.
- Helping livestock farmers adapt to climate variability through sustainable management of water and pastures, reforestation, provision of information and early warning, development of biogas from manure as a mean of providing access to energy and limiting emissions of methane and CO2.