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.
Percent below poverty line:
Percent lacking nutrition:
Percent reliance on agriculture:
Acres in Forest Gardens:
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
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 an apple. This amazing nut, and… Read More
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 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
Trees and Water Need a Little “Crazy”
“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' 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