Intensifying rice production
Heart of the project
Threatened fertile lands
In Casamance, in the South of the country, 60% of the working population depends on agriculture, particularly rice cultivation, which provides the bulk of food and money, and is a real economic and cultural issue.
Long considered the « Granary of Senegal » because of its large and diversified agricultural activity, Casamance is facing a salinization of the land which deteriorates ecosystems, reduces arable land and diminishes fertility. Yields of rice production are declining, which threatens food security in the region.
Restore the lands by rice culture
The goal of the project is to help the populations and their organizations to set up a community policy on local production and distribution of improved seeds.
Two types of actions were undertaken: the rehabilitation of land in the region in order to expand cultivable surfaces dedicated to and better suited for rice cultivation, and cultivation techniques that can provide better crop yields and improve local food security.
Increase the skills of producers in intensive organic farming, by organizing training sessions on how to make compost, biological pesticides and how to stock seeds.
Assist producers, gathered in Committees, to improve production using improved rice varieties following a production protocol and doing follow-ups and by organizing exchanges between Committees and producers.
Diffusion of improved rice varieties among farmers by organizing and stocking up seed shops, by supporting the Committees to recover and stock seeds and by communicating on radio broadcasts on the varieties available in the seed shops.