Senegal is the largest international hub and economic center in West Africa, but much of its population lives in rural farming communities on less than $1 a day.

According to 2012 data from the UN World Food Program 2012, Senegal is chronically vulnerable to natural disasters (particularly drought and flooding), its agricultural sector has declined over time, it imports about 46% of its food requirements, its ground water tables is falling 20 feet per years in many places, and it is vulnerable to food price spikes.

About Senegal



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Meet the Senegal Team

Fatoumata Diédhiou

Country Coordinator - Senegal
After attending university, Fatoumata joined Trees for the Future as a trainee in monitoring and evaluation. She soon became an Assistant Coordinator before becoming Senegal Country Coordinator in 2019. She manages Forest Garden projects, project farmers, women's savings groups, and various special projects.

Babou Ndao

Lead Technician - Kaffrine 4
Babou started working in the development field in 2003. He helped Kaffrine 1 and 3 Lead Technician, Omar in his nursery for over 10 years before assisting on the Kaffrine 2 project. He has extensive experience in the following areas:

- Monitoring and evaluation of family farms
- Monitoring rural field plots
- Training farmers on new agricultural practices
- Organized village meetings discussing current topics,including the fights against deforestation, erosion, and bush fires.

He’s a member of several development associations in his hometown of Ngodiba and helps supervise the village’s women's groups in the fields of market gardening and agroforestry.

Mamadou Aïdara

Lead Technician - Kaffrine 8
Mamadou is from Mbambara where where he attended school. He spent time at the CEM of Birkelane until 2012 before returning home to breed livestock. He joined the Trees for the Future team in May 2017.

Elhadji Moustapha Sy

Lead Technician - Kaffrine 5
Elhadji Moustapha Sy worked for more than 10 years as a nurseryman serving water in the Kaffrine Forest before joining the Trees for the Future team to assist Omar Ndao in 2014. Two years later, with the new Kaffrine project 2, he became the main technician of this area. He has a lot of technical experience in setting up the nursery and disseminating agroforestry technologies to village communities. He has helped plant more than half a million trees in villages around Kaffrine.

Mountakha Dieng

Lead Technician - Kaffrine 7
Mountakha has managed local and regional initiatives for several years. His interested in agroforestry began at a young age when he spent time planting trees with his parents. He has been with the Trees for the Future team since early 2018 and became lead technician in April 2019.

Mor Anta Sall

Lead Technician - Koungheul 3
Mor has loved practicing agriculture since he was a child. He started working in 2006 at UCEM as an accountant; then development facilitator until 2018, then Mor raised chickens and turkeys after he was coordinator of a local agriculture project in Koungheul for eight months while he volunteered for Trees for the Future from 2015 to 2018. In March 2019 Mor became the Lead Technician of Koungheul 3.

Papa Mapenda Ba

Lead Technician - Kaffrine 3
After completing his education, Papa Mapenda Ba worked in Kaffrine before becoming the Community Development Facilitator at World Vision. In 2014 he joined the Proximity Security Agency. Four years later he joined the Trees for the Future team.

Mamadou Ndao

Lead Technician - Kaffrine 4
Mamadou worked at World Vision as a community development facilitator in the field of child protection and environment from 2007 to 2017. He started working with Trees for the Future in as an Assistant Technician and became the Lead Technician for Kaffrine 4 in early 2019.

Babacar Diaw

Lead Technician - Kaffrine 9
Babacar worked as a facilitator for an NGO called PENCUM BAMBOUCK in 2015 while also working as a beekeeper. He joined the Trees for the Future team in 2016 and became lead technician in 2018.

Saving for the Future


September 17, 2019 How old were you when you opened your first bank account? Do you remember going to the bank with your ID and cash in hand? Chances are, over the years, you’ve had a love-hate… Read More

Aerial Survey Report: Kaffrine 3, Senegal, August 2019


August, 2019 Andrew Zacharias, Deputy Director, Monitoring & Evaluation Introduction This report is intended to provide an introduction to the Trees for the Future (TREES) Monitoring… Read More

Diacksao, a Symbol of Success in Senegal


August 1, 2019 - Maïmouna Cissé A few kilometers from Kaffrine, Senegal sits a very poor and isolated village - Diacksao. In 2018, 300 farmers joined Trees for the Future (TREES) for… Read More

Senegalese High Schoolers Green School Yards with Trees


Greening Day in Dakar Engages High Schoolers in Tree Planting July 17,2019 Trees for the Future (TREES) is participating in a series of tree planting activities with two high schools in Dakar,… Read More

A Green Return


A Green Return In the face of conflict and other security problems, many in West Africa are often forced to leave their homes and resettle elsewhere as refugees. This displacement and resettlement… Read More

Forest Gardens Around the World


Forest Gardens Around the World A brief background on Forest Gardens and their benefits, then seven standout examples from around the globe. Every person in the world relies on agriculture to… Read More

Talking Education, Leadership, and Women’s Empowerment with Trees for the Future’s Newest Country Coordinator: Fatoumata Diedhiou


Talking Education, Leadership, and Women’s Empowerment with Trees for the Future’s Newest Country Coordinator: Fatoumata Diedhiou Fatoumata Diedhiou spends her days changing the literal and… Read More

Teaching a Man to Fish


Teaching a Man to Fish: How Trees for the Future Trains Farmers for Sustainable Change Building An Educational Support System Trees for the Future’s collaborative, educational approach to… Read More

Hand in Hand, Bringing Water to Senegalese Farmers


Project Update, March 21, 2019: Trees for the Future’s (TREES) Loxo Loxo Project is bringing sustainable water access to Senegalese farmers. To date, the team and project farmers have installed… Read More

TREES and the Jane Goodall Institute Spain in Senegal Expand their Collaboration


The mountainous region of Kedougou, Senegal bordering Guinea and Mali, is one of the most impoverished areas of Senegal. Farming is a way of life in the region, but many of these farming practices… Read More

Ms. Independent


Author: John Leary,  Executive Director One of my heroes is Loret Miller Ruppe, who reminded us that being at peace is not just the absence of war. Peace and independence are exactly what Ndeye… Read More

The Baobab


Although the Baobab (Adansonia) is not a tree that we plant in our Forest Gardens, it is one that we see frequently throughout our projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, it can be found a lot… Read More

Cashews Come From “Apples” – and other things that blow our minds


Cashews are one of the crops grown in our Forest Gardens that truly fascinate us. Many people are unaware that cashews grow on trees, none the less, ripen on top of a fruit, often referred to as a… Read More

Malik Ndao


Malik doesn’t know about the Sustainable Development Goals: But he’s meeting them. Decades of backbreaking subsistence farming had left Malik Ndao and his family hungry and hopeless. He… Read More

Sidy Ba


Sidy Ba lives in Senegal. He’s had a forest garden for the past 3 years with a mix of eggplant and several types of trees. He sells 200 pounds of eggplant per week and it’s his main source… Read More

Forest Gardens for Water Conservation


“Danga dof,” is a phrase in the Wolof language that Mariama Ndao heard countless times over her first two years in the Trees for the Future training program as she pulled water from an 80 foot… Read More

Ousmane Willane


Ousmane Willane' Story There are many reasons why Ousmane and his family are celebrating and we hope you will too! Just look at the fruits of his labors. Just look at the size of the trees he has… Read More

Mate Mbaye


Mate Mbaye's Story Did you know that young people in Senegal are so desperate that they’re crossing deserts and oceans in search of a better life? You can only imagine the dangers. Some never… Read More