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Senegal farmers try to beat climate change

Climate change makes it hard for African smallholder farmers to grow enough staple food with extra to sell for income. Senegal is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change from droughts, flooding, sea-level rise, coastal erosion and bush fires, according to the Climate Change Knowledge portal of the World Bank.

A regional project is helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change which has made agricultural production a gamble. Under the Adaptation and Valorization of Entrepreneurship in Irrigated Agriculture (AVENIR) project led by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), in partnership with the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), smallholder farmers in Senegal are being trained in farming as a business in agroforestry, horticulture and rice.

The AVENIR project aims to improve the social and economic well-being and resilience of farming households in Senegal's Sedhiou and Tambacounda regions. The two areas in the southwest and east of the country are vulnerable to climate change, experiencing drought spells, flooding, coastal erosion and soil salinity.


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