Still a long road to food sovereignty
Senegal is known as a democratic country with great political stability. Nevertheless, this needs to be nuanced for the past few years. The government regularly adopts a position of authoritarianism. When it comes to agriculture and food security, political leaders remain strongly committed to the industrial model of agriculture, dominated around the world by multinational corporations. Sustainability is not on their agenda at all.
The port of Dakar is a portal for agricultural inputs from the chemical industry: fertilizers, pesticides, but also hybrid and GMO seeds. Through the same port, 50% of the food of the 14.5 million people of Senegal enters the country. Rice, the staple food of the Senegalese, is even being imported for 80%. Locally produced rice is competed out of the market by this cheap imported rice: the road to food sovereignty is still a long one.
Het programma van Solidagro ondersteunt de landbouwactiviteiten van 43 basisgroepen van vrouwen in zeven gemeenten, met een bevolking van 63.200 personen. De basisgroepen zijn gegroepeerd in federaties, die eveneens organisatorisch ondersteund worden.
Solidagro's programme supports the agricultural activities of 43 core groups of women in seven municipalities, with a population of 63,200 people. The base groups are clustered in federations, which are also organisationally supported.
Djeneba Camara - president women's group in the village of Sadio Salla, Fatick region:
"Having their own piece of land is a huge step forward for the women of the village. By earning money that contributes to the expenses of the family, we are more respected and listened to in our village community".
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