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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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A meeting between IED Afrique, the Mbadakhoune municipal team and local representatives (Photo: copyright Ibrahima Dia/IED Afrique)

What role do local governance frameworks play in strengthening women’s voices in land governance?

8 March 2021

Across East and West Africa, IIED and partners have been developing and testing approaches to strengthen women’s voices in local land governance. Philippine Sutz reflects on the role and impact of local governance frameworks as these approaches are implemented in different contexts. Since…

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Prindex - Perceptions of tenure security

Webinar: An introduction to Prindex, 28 November

Around the world, insecure property rights prevent families from feeling confident about the future, businesses from investing, and communities from becoming more productive. Hundreds of millions of us lack property security. This makes the world poorer, less free, and less just. There is a growing…