The massive deforestation underway in Senegal has resulted in soil impoverishment, a drop in crop production and farmers' incomes, and the impoverishment of rural communities. These communities are forced to leave their land and move to the outskirts of the cities.

In collaboration with APAF SN, Océanium Dakar and Caritas Kaolack

La pluie, la forêt et les Hommes, De terre et de pluie, Blue School

Plateforme Souveraineté Alimentaire (PSA)

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Label Initiative Dakar 2022

For the food sovereignty of farmer communities

The massive deforestation underway in Senegal has resulted in soil impoverishment, a drop in crop production and farmers' incomes, and the impoverishment of rural communities. Through a combined intervention in rainwater resource management, agroforestry patch reintroduction and community capacity building, we are able to stop this vicious circle.

This ecosystem approach to the problems of Senegalese farmers promotes a multi-faceted rebalancing of production conditions and is accompanied by a rapid and sustainable improvement in nutrition and living conditions. The aim of the "Rain, Forest and People" and "Earth and Rain" projects is to contribute to strengthening the food sovereignty and resilience of rural communities in the face of climate change.


"For my groundnuts this year, I didn't need any fertilizer. Everyone who comes to my field says - Ah your field is beautiful! - and that's thanks to the trees.

Robert Sarr, agroforestry farmer Boyard ndiodome (Senegal) Credits@IRHA,2020



Projects in Senegal


Blue Schools

The aim of the Blue Schools is to sensitize schoolchildren to water management, sanitation and good hygiene practices, as well as to waste recovery in order to make the Blue Schools incubators of social change.

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La pluie, la forêt et les Hommes

This project aims to improve the resilience of rainfed communities to the hazards of climate change through optimization of water resources and restoration of degraded ecosystems at the watershed scale.

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Emergency Rain

Following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015, Guthi and IRHA worked hand in hand to develop the "Emergency Rain" project to support reconstruction efforts and to address people's needs in terms of access to water and hygiene.

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Fatick's Region

The department of Fatick is facing a severe degradation of its natural resources (forests, agricultural soils, rainfall, pastures, wildlife reserves, etc.).



Kaolack's Region



News - Senegal

Image The boulis - An island of greenery in Sahel
15 September 2022
by Florian Bielser
In Senegal, but more globally in the entire Sahelian region, water problems are increasingly worrying for populations and ecosystems. Indeed,...
Image A Kop Ale no Maag olè (the Forest of the Sea) : Mangrove restoration project in Senegal
25 July 2021
by Florian Bielser
In the context of the International Day for the Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystems on 26 July, IRHA is pleased to present its latest project in...
Image The rain : between blessing and curse
12 April 2021
by Florian Bielser

Deforestation, caused in large part by the expansion of agricultural land, amplifies the vulnerability of the soil to seasonal climatic variations...

Other programmes


Programme 1

Rainwater for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Access to safe water and sanitation, as well as appropriate hygiene, is a human right and can prevent a significant proportion of water-related diseases.

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Programme 3

Disaster risk management and ecosystem restoration

The weakening of forest, mangrove and wetland ecosystems, which helps reduce exposure to major risks, increases the vulnerability of communities to the effects of climate change.

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(Robert Bakhoum, Boyard Ndiodiome (Credits:@IRHA, Senegal, 2020)


"Thanks to the Calabash, my wife was able to cook and wash without using tap water. The water from the Calabash lasted 5 months. Water bills are expensive. Thanks to this system, instead of paying 3000FCFA/month , I only had to pay 750FCFA/month which means 75% decrease.


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