Building Community Resilience - Jane Goodall

In Senegal's Kedougou Region

  • 85

    85%

    of community members have agriculture as their main source of income
  • 43

    43%

    of households have a hunger period of more than 2 months every year
  • 90

    90%

    of natural disasters are caused by climate change

Every year, Senegal’s Kedougou region is more and more threatened by climate change. As natural disasters like erratic rainfall, floods, prolonged droughts, and soil erosion become more frequent the “hunger” season grows longer. During which a staggering 70% of the population have to reduce their food intake to survive.

And chimpanzees are also feeling the impacts. Current agriculture practices rely on slash and burn – essentially cutting and burning the forest to create fields  – often leading to uncontrolled bushfires and significant loss of habitat for chimpanzees and other animals who share their home.

Adapting agricultural practices to meet these challenges has never been more urgent. ​

Importantly, half the people meeting these challenges are women. Women make up 50% of active farmers in the Kedougou region. So along with our partners JGI Senegal, the Réserve Naturelle Communautaire de Dindéfélo, as well as field workers, volunteers and community members we’re collaborating with women to leverage their strengths, and implement nature-based solutions that put more power where it belongs – in their hands. With the ultimate goal of building community resilience to climate change.

Our Community-Driven Solutions

Supporting women – the primary collectors of firewood – to produce and market biomass briquettes, alternative fuel sources that reduce the need to cut trees.

Supporting women to produce and sell fonio, a drought-resistant “survival food” that would help communities throughout the “hunger season”.

Collaborating with local governments and community members to implement sustainable forest management and protection, addressing capacity issues with local monitoring and enforcement.

Enhance forest carbon sinks by supporting agroforestry, including the promotion of Indigenous species, training local authorities and community members on forest conservation.

 

This project is funded in partnership with the Government of Canada, through Global Affairs, Canada.

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Photo credits: JGI Senegal