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Dutch Embassay Dakar - Promoting Agroforestry Enterprise Development Senegal

Agroforestry development Senegal

Financier: Netherlands Embassy in Senegal
Period: 2015

Partners for Innovation and Oxfam Senegal work closely together to identify the potential for agroforestry-based enterprise development. The initiative is supported with a subsidy from the Dutch Embassy in Dakar.

Environmental programme
The Netherlands embassy has been promoting agroforestry in Senegal through its environmental programme since the 1990s. The environment support programme finished in 2014 and left behind a thorough system to support agroforestry promotion in the central groundnut belt of the country. Partners for Innovation and Oxfam joined forces to take the agroforestry programme one step further, and enable smallholder farmers to plant trees and earn from them. The idea is that large groups of young farmers can develop smallholder enterprises by growing trees on farmland, along with cash crops and animal production.

Online tool
To support smallholder enterprise development, Partners for Innovation uses an online tool to calculate investments and benefits to set up and grow agroforestry gardens. Oxfam will support local NGOs to help farmers to form groups that can bring products in larger quantities to the market. At the same time rural credit institutions have the capital and know-how to finance such businesses.

With the embassy support, Partners for Innovation and Oxfam can develop the tools and bring together credit, government and scientific institutions to pave way for such an innovative approach to scaling-up agroforestry and ensure trees enhance the productivity of rural landscapes.

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