Response from poultry workers and family and social economy professionals

Poultry farming is a key sector contributing to food security in urban and rural areas in Senegal. It also plays a key role in the fight against poverty by providing additional income for many families and by providing employment, particularly for young people and women.

An initiative of Association Sénégalaise de l’Economie Familiale (ASEF)

Overview of the project

The project was born out of concern about poor waste management (soil degradation and environmental pollution). It recognises a national interest resulting from the proper management of waste, including the composting of manure. It considers composting as a solution to produce organic fertilisers, an alternative to chemical fertilisers that are harmful to health, and thus contributes to good environmental management.

The project is located in Dakar in the commune of Mbao, more precisely at the Centre National d’Aviculture (National Poultry Centre) because the centre has space and is linked to the surrounding poultry farms. The members of ASEF have received solid training in setting up nurseries, composting and transplanting, and the members of CACVS are poultry workers who know how to transform droppings into real biological fertilisers, which contribute to reducing climate change. With this in mind, they decided to join forces in this pilot project.

  • “The aim of the project is to “make the poultry sector a driving force for the emergence of Senegal through a sufficient and competitive supply of poultry and egg products, diversified and of high quality, contributing to youth employment, poverty reduction, the fight against malnutrition and the development of exports of high value-added products.  

The residues from its products are organic and if processed, can contribute to climate change reduction by providing energy, manure, participate in the Great Green Wall by producing many plants and create jobs. This is the purpose of this project, which allows for social, economic and environmental participation in our society.

The project aims to prepare the members for the challenge of post-training financing for the application of the skills and technical experience acquired. Thus the innovative character of the project is to develop an income-generating activity in a progressive way to overcome this future entrepreneurial constraint.

The compost produced will not be used for immediate profitability but for investment in the commune to promote the development of market gardening and arboriculture initiatives. Hence a means of partnership between our group and the local authorities. This would result in communal feedback in the form of the allocation of plots of land that could be set up as favourable sites for poultry production and tree nurseries.

From this point onwards, the present pilot project can be scaled up to an economically viable level.

Specific objectives of the project :

  • To process 04 tonnes of manure quarterly to produce an annual quantity of 16 tonnes of compost. 
  • To de-clutter the Centre and surrounding farms from the large production of poultry droppings in favour of biosecurity. 
  • To use this compost as organic fertiliser for the promotion of market gardening and arboriculture in favour of health and the environment. 
  • To lay the foundations for a win-win partnership between the two structures (ASEF/CACVS) and the local authorities. 
  • To overcome the problem of financing our integrated poultry farming project. 
  • To promote decent self-employment against unemployment and the risky emigration of young people. 
  • To contribute to the development of the national economic fabric and the poultry industry.

Contribute to the natural production of organic fertilisers for environmentally friendly agricultural productivity and actively participate in the Great Green Wall.

Level of progress

Ongoing research

Project timeline

Project still in progress

Quantitative results

The revenues will feed the working capital; with the transfer of competences to the local communities which will have, after capacity building, their nurseries and a development of the reforestation culture, and environmental management.

Qualitative results

The investments for the scaling up of the project planned in the medium and long term will guarantee jobs that will ensure the integration and socio-economic promotion of the members of the association.


For the time being with own resources.

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About the

Association Sénégalaise de l’Economie Familiale (ASEF)

Ndeye Safietou Diop

Presentation of the promoter :

The Association Sénégalaise de l’Economie Familiale (ASEF), created in 1998, is composed of monitors, teachers and inspectors of Home Economics. It has nearly 540 members. They have also contributed to the emergence and promotion of grassroots and youth organisations (women’s associations and groups, MSEs, graduates of CRETFs and CETFs.
Family economy professionals have been pioneers in raising awareness and accompanying government policies and programmes at both local and national levels. Its members can be found in almost all ministries, including Health, Youth, the Army, the Family, etc.

The Association sénégalaise de l’économie familiale (ASEF) is working on this initiative in partnership with the Collectif des acteurs et actrices de conduite d’élevage de volaille au Sénégal (CACVS).

Other partners / supporters

The two structures (ASEF and CACVS) are eager to finance this project, the implementation of which will make it possible to fight against chemical and atmospheric pollution, which is implicated in global warming, but above all to participate in the Great Green Wall, because the pilot project will enable us to scale up in the northern and central zone, where we have very active members, and finally to take an interest in the sub-region (especially the neighbouring countries)

Furthermore, the investments for the scaling up of the project planned in the medium and long term will guarantee jobs that will help the integration and the socio-economic promotion of the members of the association.