30 October, 2016

International Cooperation

The cooperation that we carry out is related to the primary sector, mainly in agricultural development. We are dedicated to study and analyze the needs of rural populations from Senegal and we transfer useful resources to improve their food security and nutrition.

The Food and Nutritional Security is defined according to the FAO:

“as the guarantee that individuals, families and the community as a whole, access at all times to sufficient, safe and nutritious food , mainly produced in the country in terms of competitiveness, sustainability and equity, for their consumption and biological utilization that provides them with optimal nutrition, a healthy and socially productive life, with respect for cultural diversity and preferences of consumers”

To do this, we have relationships with individuals, companies and agricultural cooperatives in Europe who are willing to donate part of their resources (agricultural machinery and seeds, campus, compost…) to promote rural development of the communities with which we work. The senegalese primary sector plays a socio-economic role especially important and agriculture provides employment to 72 per cent of the active population and constitutes 17 per cent of GDP.

In the Bassin Arachidier, main agricultural region of Senegal, production units are mainly constituted by a family, in general of 9 or more members (67%). Farmers base his harvest in two main crops: peanut and a cereal of subsistence, usually alternating millet and sorghum. Normally, the resources obtained are insufficient, in part by the limitation of cultivated area and in part by the scarcity of resources, especially agricultural equipment and compost.

Most of the farmers use the peanut crop for sale and the harvest for cereal consumption. Many times the quantity of cereals harvested is insufficient to ensure an optimal feeding of the family throughout the year. On the other hand, the income derived from the sale of the peanuts is used to pay taxes and to meet the needs of the family, for the most part of food order. Due in part to the shortage of food and resources, producers do not retain part of the income and seeds to fund the next campaign, so there are seasons in which it is really difficult to achieve the production enough to cover their basic needs.

Our goal is to provide useful and sustainable resources to the agricultural communities with which we work, both at the technical level and at the level of plant material. The technical improvement would increase productivity, with which the surplus will be greater and therefore also the income of families. In addition, a diversification of crops would enrich the diet of families and it would not be necessary to invest a very important part of their income to improve their diet.

Complementing these resources with practical and specialized training in various areas of the primary sector, we hope to be able to contribute to a sustainable development of rural communities with which we work.