Overview of the project
Agriculture plays an important role in Senegal’s economy, involving nearly 50% of the active population and representing more than 15% of the GDP.
Faced with the consequences of climate change, the degradation of ecosystems and the depletion of natural resources, this project intends to fight against poverty and food insecurity by mobilizing and supporting 680 women market gardeners, processors and restaurateurs and 120 young people living in four communes of Dakar.
Following a diagnosis conducted in the spring of 2021, a vast training program dedicated to meeting the needs of women and youth has been built to improve their income and diversify the food supply by reinforcing their technical, economic, and environmental skills.
In addition, the links between these different actors of the food sector will be strengthened to structure the local food chain; territorial platforms will also be created.
Thanks to technical training and by enhancing the value chain between women restaurant owners, processors, and market gardeners, this project contributes to the democratization of access to quality products and women’s empowerment. Training on the advocacy component as well as a personalized support program will contribute to the effective, equal and concerted participation of women in local decision-making bodies and the development of public policies in favour of food autonomy.
Contribute to the creation of a local food chain involving 680 women and 120 youth, to strengthen the inclusive resilience of territories affected by the pandemic.
10/01/2021 - project still in progress
The diagnosis allowed:
- for consultation with more than 240 market women gardeners, processors and restaurant owners
- to identify precisely the needs of the different groups and build the training program
The elected officials of the 4 communes, and the Mayor of Dakar were involved in the launch of the project, and will provide their support in the development of the platforms and activities.
The launch meeting brought together about a hundred participants, elected officials, and representatives of international institutions
The diagnosis allowed the women to express themselves on the difficulties they face and to better understand their precise needs.
It allowed to highlight the initiatives developed within the communes in terms of market gardening, processing and popular catering.
The diagnosis highlighted the important role of women in the food chains within the communes and their contribution to food security in the families.
Despite this, they face enormous difficulties related to access to land, which pushes many women to market gardening on tables.
The lack of funding, training, the development of links between them, and the weak support of local authorities reinforce the precariousness of their profession.
This project is 100% funded by the French Development Agency.
WECF France is the French branch of WECF (Women Engage for a Common Future), an international ecofeminist network, whose goal is to “build with women a healthy, sustainable and equitable world”. We act on a local, national and international scale and articulate our missions through several strong axes: gender equality in connection with climate and territorial development, the Sustainable Development Goals and environmental health.
To respond to climate challenges and reduce gender inequalities, we participate with our partners in the transformation of territories through the implementation of collective projects led by women in many countries, particularly on the African continent.