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Food sovereignty for uncertain times

We start training in sustainable agricultural techniques

As part of the project we carry out together with Setem Andalusia, financed by the Provincial Council of Granada, a total of 45 days of training are included for the 3 orchards that are part of the project. And we close the month of August by starting training in one of the orchards!

Working on the resilience and food security of rural families

Covid19 has slowed everything down, but it has made it more urgent than ever to have stable food sources that ensure continuous access to them. In rural areas of the south of Senegal where we work, it has highlighted the importance of cutting off dependence on the outside to guarantee food for families.

In southern Senegal, more than 70% of families live in rural areas, and more than 60% of the population base their economy on agriculture. But what happens when soils are impoverished based on bad agricultural practices, forests are deforested – between 2010 and 2014 wood exports increased by 700% – and the amount of rain drops? The soils of the region are no longer rich and the harvests of staple foods are getting smaller. Dependence on foreign trade is increasing: between 2017 and 2018, Senegal imported more than 2 billion tons of rice to cover the needs of the population.

When they started talking about Covid19 in March of this year, life continued as normal down here. The Covid19 started to be real when the sack of rice went up in price due to the effects of the crisis in the global market. At that time it became clear the little local variety and the low capacity of the area known as the "Senegal barn" to cover the most basic needs of the families who are the workforce of this barn.

International trade in a hierarchical and unequal world only exacerbates and accelerates the degradation of the environment and the effects of crises such as Covid19. Not only does it not generate economic benefit for the vast majority of the population, but it deprives rural families of their food sovereignty, increasing poverty and de-anchoring rural villages from the value of subsistence agriculture.

Trainee in sustainable agriculture

And that is where the importance of the project we are carrying out together with Setem Andalusia , with funding from the Provincial Council of Granada, to combat the damage of foreign trade and capitalism: with women at the center of the action, we give tools to rural communities to facilitate the work in their gardens and we offer them training in sustainable farming practices to bring life back to the land.

This month we started training in permaculture techniques in the Djindem neighborhood, which was attended by more than 50 people . The women of the neighborhood and their families have already enjoyed several very enriching days of training, in which much of the neighborhood helped to prepare the land for the women to cultivate between traditional dances and some rain.

These next few weeks we will continue training in the creation of natural pesticides, the manufacture of organic compost and fertilizer, care of the garden or nutrition and benefits of the different plants, among others.

The aim is to revalue agriculture in the area so that rural women and their families are self-sufficient and have quality food throughout the year, respecting the environment and using their resources in a sustainable way.

If you want to collaborate with this and other Kakolum projects, you can do it through our website or by donating €1 a month through Teaming .



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