Like all countries of the Sahel zone, Senegal and Gambia are subject to the dramatic consequences of climate change, too. Precipitation, which is low already, will continue to decrease due to man-made global warming. What is more, clearings to produce firewood and gain farmland and grazing land cause forests and the tree population to decrease. Both together lead to a massive change for the worse of soil and thus to the destruction of the population's livelihood, to poverty and emigration.
The project "Trees for the future" is implemented by Naturefriends Senegal in close cooperation with Naturefriends Gambia. In the region spanning from Koungheul (Senegal) to Janjanbureh (Gambia), a total of 900 fruit trees will be planted in several villages and protected from grazing animals by fences; families and schools will then take care of the trees.
Women will have a key role in this project, as they traditionally assume diverse responsibilities in agriculture, livestock farming and in the house and family. A workshop of several sessions will be organised for women only where knowledge will be imparted, but where there will also be a lot of room for mutual exchange, for reflections on the role of women in agriculture and for common development of strategies to improve the living conditions in the villages.
Objectives of the project: