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Land Deals in Africa: Senegal

Reports and Briefs

Associations de Femmes Rurales et Agro-écologie en Casamance, Sénégal

Un programme communautaire novateur soutenant les associations de femmes rurales, renforce l’égalité des sexes et fournit des ressources qui facilitent le bien-être de la famille et de la communauté.

L’agriculture Régénérative au Sénégal

Rodale Institute Regenerative Agriculture Research Center a fait équipe avec des groupes d’agriculteurs et des chercheurs sénégalais pour promouvoir l’agriculture régénératrice, augmenter l’autosuffisance alimentaire, réduire la dépendance des agriculteurs aux intrants extérieurs et améliorer la qualité du sol.

Rural Women’s Associations and Sustainable Agriculture in Casamance

Location: Casamance, Senegal

An innovative community program supporting rural women’s associations boosts gender equality and provides resources that facilitate family and community well being.

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The West African Integrated Production and Pest Management Program (IPPM)

Location: Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal

Successful implementation of field-based learning in Farmer Field Schools (FFS) has facilitated ecologically resilient farming systems in West Africa. By creating a knowledge base of locally adapted best practices and revitalizing farmer and agricultural extension networks, the West African Integrated Production and Pest Management Program improves regional food security, while reversing the environmental degradation associated with conventional farming practices.

Senegal has made numerous reforms in an effort to garner a higher ranking in the Doing Business evaluation. The latest round of reforms, likely to be praised by the World Bank, favor land grabbing in Senegal, a country where large-scale land deals have become increasingly frequent in the recent years. Since the late 1980s, the World Bank has influenced the Senegalese public policy at the expense of households’ livelihoods, and in recent years has pushed for even more withdrawal of public and social action, promoting instead economic liberalization and trade facilitation.

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Senhuile-Senéthanol, an agribusiness company, has been setting up agro-industrial plantations in the Saint-Louis region of northwest Senegal since July 2010. Owned by a complex maze of companies and individuals with ties to numerous countries around the world, including Italy, United States, Brazil, and Panama, the company holds a lease for 20,000 hectares of land. From the very inception of the project, Senhuile-Senéthanol has faced stiff resistance from local populations.

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