Senegal is one of the few countries in Sub-Saharan Africa not to witness a coup or civil war following its independence. It holds a high reputation as a stable democracy, reinforced by several peaceful transitions of government. However, despite being politically stable, Senegal faces many problems: strong demographic growth, migration from rural areas to the cities, food shortages, high unemployment rates. Almost half of the population lives below the poverty line. The UN estimate that 20 % of the population suffer from malnutrition.
Welthaus supports smallholders in Senegal, on whose harvests depend both providing enough food for their families and making money to pay for health services and education. We also promote knowledge on traditional medical plants and how to use them, on constructing irrigation systems for farming, and on awareness of land rights.
Further projects support women in farming and selling agricultural products, such as hibiscus and bananas, providing them with their own income and subsequently supporting their gain of independence.