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.
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 together a living by collecting wild baobab fruit and selling milk from their cows.