Senegal is one of the few countries in sub-Saharan Africa which did not have a coup or civil war following its independence. The governing power changed hands peacefully several times, which reinforced the country’s reputation as a stable democracy. Despite being politically stable, however, Senegal faces many problems: strong demographic growth, migration from rural areas to the cities, food shortages, high unemployment rates. Almost half of the population live below the poverty line. The UN estimate that 20 per cent of the population suffer from malnutrition.
Welthaus supports smallholders in Senegal, whose harvests must serve both to provide enough food for their families and to make money to pay for health services and education. We also promote knowledge about traditional medical plants and how to use them, the building of irrigation systems for farming and awareness of land rights.
Further projects support women in farming and selling agricultural products, such as hibiscus and bananas, which means they have their own income and thus some independence.