Fawrou Remobe : food security in Senegal
In the north-east of the country, on the very edge of the advancing desert, intense drought and lack of access to quality seeds result in reduced crop productivity. In addition, small farmers all grow the same crops at the same time and have no access to storage granaries. This overproduction, combined with the lack of storage facilities, leads to huge losses or very low prices. This situation increases food insecurity among small producers and their families.
In 2018, Entrepreneurs du Monde set up a project to offer small farmers effective storage and financing solutions that enable growers to store part of their crop and sell it at the optimum moment.
Methodology of the food security programme
Granaries, loans, training and logistics The team builds earth granaries: simple, innovative and effective structures where produce can be stored in a dark, cool place (20/25°), day and night. Small producers receive training in soil improvement, agroecology and management. The team monitors market prices and helps arrange the grouped transport of agricultural produce. Small producers get access to microloans to finance their crop year and the storage of harvested produce.
Support by Entrepreneurs du Monde
The project is run by a team from Entrepreneurs du Monde made up of Senegalese and French professionals and supported by partners in the fields of finance (Coopération Monégasque, Fondation EDF, etc) and technology (CRATerre* and EdF). To help roll out this project and ensure its viability, the team will be creating a storage and marketing social enterprise which will also help strengthen the agricultural sector.