Chimpanzee protection in western AfricaSenegal
Senegal is very susceptible to the impact of climate change, with a pattern of prolonged droughts and increasing rates of soil erosion.
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Located in position 163 of 187 countries of the Human Development Index (UN, 2016), Senegal is very susceptible to the impact of climate change, with a pattern of prolonged droughts and increasing rates of soil erosion. In the southeastern part of the country, with a strong dependence on subsistence agriculture by local communities, the felling and burning of forest mass to obtain cultivation fields is common. This zone of high ecological value is the habitat of the chimpanzee of western Africa, a subspecies in critical danger of extinction.
In this scenario, the improvement of the production and processing of native crops resistant to drought, such as fonio, plays a key role in the protection of biodiversity, the sustainable use of natural resources and the reduction of poverty. The fonio has a great nutritional and energetic value, and is well adapted to the local climate. But the process of peeling of their small grains is very laborious and involves a lot of time investment by women. Due to the lack of training and the low productivity of certain farming methods, the cultivation of this cereal will fall into disuse and local families will increasingly depend on being able to buy rice imported from Asia.
Since 2009 the Jane Goodall Institute (IJG) has developed conservation and research programs for wild chimpanzees in the Dindéfélo Community Natural Reserve (southeast of Senegal), as well as sustainable development projects and environmental education with the local community. The Agro-forestry Department of the IJG in Senegal is a fundamental pillar to help the local community to manage their natural resources in a sustainable way and at the same time promote agricultural practices that mitigate the impact of climate change.
- Training aimed at local farmers to improve the performance of the fields and post-production of fonio.
- Acquisition of machinery to peel the cereal and create a women's association to manage surplus production.
- Study for monitoring and evaluation of the pilot project to analyze agricultural and environmental improvement.
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80 rural women and their families will improve their food security and reduce the negative impact of their agricultural activity on an ecologically vulnerable area. This will also contribute to the protection of a unique habitat for chimpanzee conservation in West Africa.
To conserve wild chimpanzee, a subspecies in critical danger of extinction, and their habitat.
Encourage food security and sovereignty and support the sustainable development of the vulnerable rural population (and of women in particular) and their adaptation and resilience to climate change.
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Jane Goodall Institute (website)