Senegal – Kaffrine 1

Omar Ndao

Lead Technician - Kaffrine 1, 3

About The Project

Kaffrine is a semi-arid department capital that sits on the N1 roadway at the heart of the Peanut Basin located in central Senegal. The area receives 500-800 mm of annual rainfall almost exclusively during the rainy season of June-October. Temperatures can range from 55°F in the cool-dry season (October-March) to 110°F in the hot-dry season (March-June). The majority of soils in the area are composed of clay or sand with certain areas comprised of loamy substrate.

The region has been significantly deforested with sparse savanna-like vegetation remaining. Water access is a challenge as the water table is found at 20-30 meters. Rain-fed agriculture is the main support for the region, producing peanuts, millet, and corn with surpluses sold at local markets.

General Information

Year Started:


Number of Farmers in Project:


% of Participants by Gender:

92% Male; 8% Female

Current Project Phase:


Number of Trainings Since Beginning of Project:


Kaffrine 1 At A Glance


Total Trees Planted


Total Indirect Beneficiaries


Acres in Forest Gardens

What We’ve Grown Since the Start of Kaffrine 1


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

Timber Trees

Leucaena, Gmelina, Teck

Fruit and Citrus Trees

Citrus spp. E.g. Orange, Lemon, Tangerine, Anacardium occidentale, Cashew, Mangifera indica, Carica papaya, Ziziphus mauritiana

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The Training We’ve Provided Since the Start of Kaffrine 1


Nursery establishment and management

Planting and tree care

Grafting and value addition

Composting, grafting and integrated control

Gardening for the family and gardening for the market

Tree maintenance and mulching


Benefits for Farmers

In addition to year-round family support, the sale of fruits and vegetables has allowed farmers to take on some family expenses such as school expenses, health, and clothing. Also, the forest garden allowed to limit the rural exodus and immigration of rural youth to Europe.
The forest garden project made it possible to shorten or disappear the lean season and to give activities to farmers who did nothing during the dry season.

Meet Our Lead Technician

Omar Ndao

Lead Technician - Kaffrine 1, 3
Omar Ndao is the Kaffrine project Lead Technician. Omar started working on the nursery at Keur Ndiaye Lo in the Niayes in 1989. From 2001 until 2009 Omar worked in the nursery of the Water and Forest Department of Kaffrine and was responsible for the production of plants and the support of Peace Corps volunteers. Omar joined Trees for the Future in 2005 as Lead Technician for Kaffrine. Omar was responsible for setting up Forest Gardens in all of the villages. Omar has contributed significantly to the spread of Trees programs throughout the Kaffrine area which currently has 5 projects. Omar has planted millions of trees.

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Your donation has a direct impact on the earth and lives of the people who need it most. By helping us plant trees, you give families the ability to transition from unsustainable farming techniques to a Forest Garden system. Your donation not only sustains and empowers them, but also changes their lives forever.