Agriculture

Agriculture and improved nutrition for pregnant women and children 0-5 years of age

The lowland rice-growing region of Casamance in southern Senegal lacks a reliable water supply and is entirely dependent on rainfall. This predefines its' propensity to drought as well as flooding. During the 2015/2016 season, 815 ha of rice of short- duration varieties were cultivated. Even after 90 days of ripening the total production reached 2,500 tonnes, of which 25 tonnes will serve as seed for future seasons. The cultivation of new crop varieties of maize allows them to withstand extreme weather such as droughts and flooding, yielding a total production of 3,200 tonnes on 1.200 ha.

Intensification of rice production in the rural communities of Mampatim and Dialambéré

Within its advocacy work, HOPE’87-Senegal established a working contact between its long term local partner in the Moyenne Casamance, UGCIVD (General Union of Inter-Village Development), with the USAID programme “Economic Growth”. This programme strives to accelerate the economic growth of Senegal and to increase trade and competitiveness, by providing technical expertise and assistance aimed at private enterprise development. Amongst others, the focus is on the improvement of the commercialisation of traditional agricultural products.

PRODEL/Kissal-Patim-Korassé: Local development programme for rural communities in Mampatim and Médina Chérif

 This project is part of HOPE’87 longterm strategy in this area, which started in 1992 with smaller village rehabilitation projects and has developped to a holistic approach comprising agriculutral as well as non-agriculutral income creation, environment and the consolidation of local structures.