Senegal – Kedougou

Issa Diallo

Lead Technician

About The Project

Local economies are supported by agriculture, small-scale commerce, and gold mining. Gold mining has seen a significant spike since 2008, with many young men leaving their natal villages in search of new opportunity. Agricultural activities are principally comprised of corn, fonio, millet, and fruits consumed and sold locally. Soils tend to be sandy and gravelly as a result of fairly mountainous parent material. A significant portion of the area remains relatively forested and unexploited, but agricultural expansion and the demand for charcoal production continue to pressure the natural environment.

General Information

Year Started:

2015

Number of Farmers in Project:

255

% of Participants by Gender:

Male: 84%; Female: 16%

Current Project Phase:

Diversification

Number of Trainings Since Beginning of Project:

140

Kedougou at a glance

510,185


Total Trees Planted

1,530


Total Indirect Beneficiaries

540.54


Acres in Forest Gardens

What We’ve Grown Since the Start of Kedougou

Crops

Bitter Tomato, Eggplant, Tomato, Okra, Hot Pepper, Cabbage, Onions, Lettuce, Chinese Turnip

Timber Trees

Gliricidia, Leucaena, Gmelina

Citrus/Fruit Trees

Citrus spp., Anacardium occidentale, Mangifera indica, Carica papaya, Ziziphus mauritiana

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The Training We’ve Provided Since the Start of Kedougou

Forest garden design

Nursery establishment and management

Out planting – potting, direct sowing, and soil conservation techniques

Vegetable and fruit tree nursery

Grafting and value addition

Composting and identification of local recipes

Animal feed formulation and conservation

Gardening for the market

Benefits For Farmers

Many Senegal Forest Garden program farmers are making significant profits. Women like Arama Diop have 50,000 CFA from hibiscus sales. Baba Sy Ka closely followes agroforestry principles and last season made close to 500,000 CFA from the sale of mangoes, hot peppers and mango seedlings. His Forest Garden provides diakhate, eggplant, cassavas for household consumption. El Hadji Ousmane in Neheday Village recently sold peppers worth 300,000 CFA. Finally, Modou Saliou Ndao reported growth in his vegetable sales from 40,000 CFA to 150,000 CFA a season due to receiving technical assistance, seeds and tools from TREES.

Meet Our Lead Technician

Issa Diallo

Lead Technician
Issa worked for a long time in his garden alone and from time to time attended training courses with Technician Karamba before coming to support him in 2015 as an assistant. On his departure, Issa became technician of Koungheul in charge of the forest gardens projects in Kédougou and Agroforestry in Dindefelo.

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