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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Projets certifiés - 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 Credits@IRHA,2020 (Boyard ndiodome ,Senegal)



Projects in Senegal


La foret de la Mer (Fatick, Senegal)

The present project "A Kop Allè no Maag Olé (The Forest of the Sea)" aims specifically to strengthen the resilience of the estuarine ecosystems of the Sine Saloum and of the communities in the face of the increasing risks linked to climate change.

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Photo de groupe prise à l’issue du focus group réalisé avec les épouses des paysans bénéficiaires du village de Keur Fodé et les représentantes des groupements de promotion féminine.

De terre et de pluie (Kaolack, Senegal)

The objective of this project "De terre et de pluie" is to increase the resilience of Senegalese rural communities by strengthening peasant agriculture in the face of climate change. This project will support about thirty farmers in the Kaolack region for 24 months.

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La pluie, la forêt et les Hommes (Fatick, Senegal)

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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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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Fatick's Region

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



Kaolack's Region

In the Kaolack region - "the heart of the Senegalese groundnut basin" - agriculture is under threat. This threat is caused by salt and the salinisation of the land. (in french)



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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