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Fruit trees for Senegalese villages
Fruit trees for Senegalese villages

Fruit trees for Senegalese villages

Since 2013, Naturefriends Senegal have been active in the reforestation of fruit trees, thereby helping people in rural areas of Senegal to adapt to the effects of climate change.

This project involves Louga and Saint Louis, two neighboring regions in the north of Senegal, and will be implemented in the four villages Ndeungour Ndiaye, Dimat Diery, Doué and Loboudou. Like most villages in the Sahel countries, whose economies are heavily dependent on natural resources and agriculture, they are heavily affected by the effects of climate change. The already scarce rainfall is further reduced by man-made global warming. In addition, forests and tree stands are being cleared for firewood or to gain agricultural land. Both together lead to the destruction of the population's livelihood, which is accompanied by poverty and emigration.

The project aims to establish orchards in each compound of the villages and hand them over to the care of families. At least 2,000 trees shall be planted in the four villages. They will strengthen the soil, improve the climate and provide the people with valuable fruit.

The tree plantations will be accompanied by educational activities to raise the awareness of the local population for the sustainable management of natural resources. The project team will continue to visit the villages regularly after the plantations, look after the trees and support the people in taking care of them.

As in previous tree-planting projects, also this time the women in the villages, who traditionally look after the gardens, will be targeted. The project also gives them the chance to sell some of the fruits in the future and thus to contribute to the family income and to strengthen their position within their families.