Senegalese farmers get back to basics in the face of climate change

An imbalance in the ecosystem where they live is making life tough for farmers in the Djilor community in the Sine Saloum Delta in western Senegal. In order to improve their situation, they are working on a project that aims to improve the quality of their agricultural land, and flag up the correlation between profit and a healthy ecosystem. The community is located on the edge of the richly biodiverse Delta du Saloum National Park, which is experiencing both drought and flooding as a result of climate change. Simultaneously the deforstation of mangroves along the Atlantic coast is leading to salinization of agricultural land. The aim is now to reverse the process using traditional means, and to use fewer resources in order to promote ecosystem stability. There are also efforts in place to resolve the conflicts emerging between locals who rely on the resources to survive.

A film by Mabel Gundlach



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