AVACLIM: Review of activities in Senegal

AVACLIM: Review of activities in Senegal

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The project was implemented in Senegal by ENDA PRONAT. This NGO promotes sustainable rural development by supporting local communities in local governance and natural resource management. Its interventions include technical and institutional capacity building in agroecology, renewable energies, organic and fair trade value chain development, land rights, access to natural resources and access to decision-making positions, particularly for women. 

ENDA Pronat has also teamed up with the Institut Sénégalais de Recherche Agronomique de Dakar (ISRA) to carry out the evaluation of Agroecological initiatives. This institute is unique in that it conducts research in four areas of production (crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries) and on socio-economics, giving it a broad agricultural vocation. 

Characterization of agroecological initiatives in Senegal 

During the first year of the project, the identification and characterization of agroecological initiatives led to the production of a total of 5 Factsheets. These Factsheets present the background, context and development trajectory of the initiatives, as well as the main lessons learned with regard to the FAO’s ten elements of agroecology. 

Following are the five Senegalese Factsheets produced

Evaluation of agroecological initiatives 

The two Senegalese initiatives evaluated during the project are : 

  • Guelack Farm (Saint Louis region): a multi-active farm, with 14 cooperators, diversified, focused on cattle breeding for milk production (partly processed on site) and on other complementary animal productions. 
  • The village of Sare Boubou in the commune of Koussanar (Tambacounda region), a former cotton-growing area in southern Senegal. 

The results of this evaluation have been summarized in the following document

The work of setting up and leading an agroecological community of practice in Senegal has strengthened the existing dynamics of Agroecological Transition in Senegal (DyTAES) and at local level (DyTAEL).  

Link Workshop to launch the community of practice

As part of its policy of mobilizing territories and preparing a new document to contribute to national policies, the Dynamique pour une transition agroécologique au Sénégal (DyTAES) organized a national Caravan from February 07 to March 12, 2022..

The caravan mobilized the national DyTAES network and stakeholders in Senegal’s rural areas, with a view to contributing to the structuring and strengthening of local dynamics (DyTAEL), the World Water Forum, COP15, and national political dialogue as part of the structuring of the Green PES. 

The DyTAES team, made up of representatives of network members, criss-crossed Senegal, visiting various agroecological zones including the River Valley, the Groundnut Basin, Casamance and Eastern Senegal. A total of 14 Senegalese localities hosted various field visits and workshops to reinforce, raise awareness and exchange ideas on agro-ecology and its practices in local areas. 

Find here the report of the Workshop on the assessment and planning of the activities of the Tambacounda DyTAEL. 

Advocacy activities 

Concerted efforts to develop an advocacy campaign for agroecology in Senegal have resulted in the production of 4 position papers:

The paper “Agroecology for water in arid and dry zones” was also presented during the WEF.

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