Keur Maba Diakhou Ba: Bringing Earth, Rain and People together.

by Marine Protte-Rieg | 20 July 2020

From left to right: Ndeye Fatou Dieng (technical operations officer - APAF Senegal), Marine Protte-Rieg (coordinator - IRHA Senegal) and Ndeye Rama Sy (territorial diagnosis officer - IRHA Senegal). Photography marking the end of the data collection mission and the beginning of the agroforestry nurseries monitoring mission, for the “of earth and rain” project.

Mission completed for the IRHA Senegal team!

After ten intensive days of data collection in Keur Maba Diakhou Bamunicipality (Kaolack region), it is time to handover to the APAF Senegal team for agroforestry nurseries monitoring, in the five beneficiary villages of #ofeathandrain project!

Huge thanks to Yancoba Sall Diene, advisor in agroforestry techniques of the area and Mr. Dramé, agroforestry farmer from Mandera, teacher at high school and very committed eco-citizen, for their formidable involvement in this mission, which was not an easy task!

We were kept busy, managing: the hygiene protocols imposed during the pandemic (distribution of 750 masks to the stakeholders interviewed); negotiating the high volumes of precipitation at the start of this rainy season; meeting nearly 300 potential project participants, identifying 80 with whom we would work, and geo-locating 30 agroforestry plots.

The Keur Maba Diakhou Ba municipality turns out to be full of potential, but with complex socio-economic and environmental issues to be engaged with in close collaboration local authorities, technical services providers and civil society.


  • Photography taken at the end of the focus group carried out with the beneficiary peasants wives from Keur Fodé village and the women's advancement groups representatives.
  • Identification of erosion zones in the village of Ndayene Poste, particularly affected by the phenomenon, due to advanced degradation of the vegetal cover around and within the village, as well as its location downstream of a watershed.
  • From left to right: Ndeye Fatou Dieng (technical operations officer - APAF Senegal), Marine Protte-Rieg (coordinator - IRHA Senegal) and Ndeye Rama Sy (territorial diagnosis officer - IRHA Senegal). Photography marking the end of the data collection mission and the beginning of the agroforestry nurseries monitoring mission, for the “of earth and rain” project.
  • Marine Protte-Rieg, Vélingara, 15/07/2020 – Géolocalisation de la parcelle communautaire du village de Velingara par Yancoba, l’agent de terrain du projet « de terre et de pluie », dans le cadre de la visite du village guidée par le président du comité villageois agroforestier, M. Demba Mané.
  • Marine Protte-Rieg, Keur Maba Diakhou, 07/07/2020 – Réception des masques produits localement, à l’issue des échanges menés avec le maire de Keur Maba Diakhou, M. Saliou Ba, et son équipe municipale.
 


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