Partners for Innovation and Oxfam Senegal jointly received a subsidy from the Dutch Embassy in Dakar to identify the potential for agroforestry-based enterprise development.
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.
To support smallholder enterprise development, Partners for Innovation is developing 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.