Senegal’s rural communities live in rapidly changing natural environments. 22 % of Senegalese (13 million people) inhabit areas where soil fertility has been dramatically reduced in the past three decades, mainly through water erosion. Located in Sub-Saharan Africa, the country’s grasslands increasingly experience annual bushfires, compounding the erosion of their soils. Additionally, between 2001 and 2009, the area of cropland increased by 175 %, with large areas of this zone becoming depleted in soil nutrients. IRHA’s joint agroforestry programme with APAF will enable sixty farmers in the region of Fatick and Thiès to improve the fertility of soil on their farmlands. This region of Senegal experiences a sub-humid climate, and receives a mean yearly precipitation of between 700 – 1200 mm. Thus, rainwater harvesting offers a viable means of crop irrigation, once soil erosion has been limited, through the planting of tree species that increase the organic content of soils and improve their texture. APAF plants leguminous trees of the Mimosaceae family. These trees have tap roots that can extend 30 m and their growth develops the amount of nitrogen fixing bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi associated with their root mass. As a result of these symbiotic associations, soils within the forest islands become enriched in essential crop nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium.
Below is a photo of a Gum Arabic (Senegal Gum) in the
Mimosaceae family, growing in the subtropics. Photo: Marco Schmidt (Source: https://www.feedipedia.org/node/342).
This program aims to educate schoolchildren to the management of water, sanitation and good hygiene practices, but also the recovery of waste to make blue schools, incubators of social change "
Construction of rainwater harvesting systems in Bhaktapur, to provide safe access todrinking water in 2 schools and 6 camps for displaced families after the 2015 earthquake.
Climate change requires us to rethink our management methods and practices. This project aims to build community resilience by combining better management of water resources, trees and soil.
The "Unserved" project aims to provide access to clean water and restore dignity for those who have nothing, the forgotten from water services, who live on the outskirts of our cities and have to fight every day to access even water for drinking.
The objective of this workshop is to bring school children to become aware of their environment, and to be able to implement concrete and sustainable solutions in their city.
The aim of this "In the rain ink" project is to transform the representations of rainwater seen as a nuisance, poetically using the urban environment in which we live.