Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:24

Aminata Wade

Aminata Wade

Founder and the driving force behind an association of women's groups in Senegal working against desertification.

The Association des Soeurs-Unies Contre le Desert supplies tree seedlings to villagers and carries out projects on water management and small-scale farming.

Monday, 18 July 2011 18:44

Foune Traore

Foune Traore

Ms. Traore has initiated and mobilised women's groups in afforestation and desertification control in Senegal, thus contributing to food and energy self sufficiency in marginal areas.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 02:50

Bassirou Tall

Bassirou Tall

In 1986 Mr. Tall formed the Association of Pioneers of Reafforestation in Senegal to fight against desertification.

Since 1983 he has led students in planting thousands of trees in rural and urban areas. He has assisted in the organization of international seminars on reforestation.

Association Nationale des Pionniers de Reboisement

The objective of "National Association of Pioneers for Reforestation" (Association Nationale des Pionniers de Reboisement) is to unify young people in the fight against desertification. Between 1986 and 1989 they have planted nearly 28,000 trees and 10 nurseries have been established in Senegal. They have also held five training courses, seven "days of reflection" and one public conference on reafforestation.

In 1990, with the aim of mobilising more schools to begin reforestation, ANPR initiated the project "Promotion of Forests" (PROFOS).

Sunday, 22 May 2011 23:36

Serigne Samb

Serigne Samb

Serigne Samb is a farmer in the small village of Thiamb'ene Till in north-western Senegal: an area which has seen a drastic reduction in tree cover due to grazing pressures, shifting cultivation, and tree cutting. The loss of tree cover has meant loss of valuable fodder for domestic animals kept by the villagers.

Samb recognized the negative effect that deforestation was having on his livestock herd and so in 1983 he established the first sylvo-pastoral field in Thiamb'ene Till. Samb fenced in 14 hectares of his farm using cuttings from Euphorbia balsamifera. His intent was to use the fenced in area as a fodder reserve in drought years.

The natural regeneration of Acacia raddiana developed extremely well inside Samb's fenced field in contrast to the barren lands around it and after only four years of protection, the number of trees/ha had increased from 10 to 1,250. Samb's experiment has been a great success and has stimulated other farmers and community members in the region to adopt similar practices.

His farm has become a model for soil conservation and environmental protection and has attracted the attention of the PROBOVIL project, which is making technical improvements and organizing visits by farmers from neighbouring villages. Samb's example clearly demonstrates that individual farmers, using locally developed technologies, can rehabilitate and protect their land and increase their level of productivity at the same time.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011 06:12

Aminata Wade

Adult Award Winner in 1987

Founder and the driving force behind an association of women's groups in Senegal working against desertification.

The Association des Soeurs-Unies Contre le Desert supplies tree seedlings to villagers and carries out projects on water management and small-scale farming.