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.
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