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Senegal

After achieving independence in 1960, Senegal experienced several years of economic growth, mostly based on agricultural resources and increases in productivity. Senegal has a population of about 12 million people; 58% of the population is rural, but the majority of people living in rural areas are poor. Although 60% of the population works in the agricultural sector, agriculture accounts for only 15% of the total GDP of the country.

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Women lead battle to save Senegal’s shrinking farmland

2 February 2017

By: Nellie Peyton Date: 1 February 2017 Source: Manitoba Co-Operator Female-led work is vital to rural communities in Senegal — now women are organizing 
to lead the fight against multinational agribusiness. The women of Thiamene, a tiny straw hut village in northern Senegal, used to scrape…

Senegal airport row shows land right tensions in West Africa

The piles of concrete and twisted metal in the Tobago neighbourhood beside Dakar's international airport were home to Senegalese families until bulldozers arrived last month without warning. A line of six homes remain, given a reprieve until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Looking at…

We Are the Solution: African Women Organize for Land and Seed Sovereignty

Written by Simone Adler and Beverly Bell Published: 10 November 2015 From an Interview with Mariama Sonko Mariama Sonko is a farmer and organizer in Casamance, Senegal. She is the National Coordinator of We Are the Solution, a campaign for food sovereignty led by rural women in West Africa. …

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Indigenous Peoples protect their land, and by extension, the rest of us

17 June 2021

The Sarayaku people of eastern Ecuador have declared their traditional Amazonian home as Kawsak Sacha — a living forest with rights. On Mindanao, in the Philippines, the Manobo people have created a local and regional governance structure for their lands, including Bagani, or warriors, to police…

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Webinar: Realizing women’s land rights in Africa

Webinar: Realizing women’s land rights in Africa

In October 2016, women farmers from 22 countries across Africa climbed the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro to claim women’s rights for access to and control over land and natural resources. This event coincided with the launch of a campaign of the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) to reach the target of…