Tree Planting in Senegal

Tree Planting in Senegal

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” It’s getting stiflingly hot and humid, and you can smell dampness in the air as rainclouds swell far in the distance. Soon, the rains will make their way to the desert, offering a short...
Planting for the Future

Planting for the Future

For about nine months out of the year, the desert of rural Senegal bakes under the hot sun. Scraggly trees wither and bow against dusty winds blowing off the Sahara, and the grass becomes brittle and dry. Cattle and goat herders migrate south in search of better...
Arbor Day in Senegal

Arbor Day in Senegal

This past weekend, Senegal celebrated its National Arbor Day, or “la journée nationale de l’arbre,” which has taken place on the first Sunday of August every year since 1984. Organized by the local governing council and the National Water and Forestry Service, and...
Bunches of Bananas in Darou Diadji

Bunches of Bananas in Darou Diadji

During the 2016 rainy season, cooperative members in Darou Diadji planted hundreds of  banana trees in their garden site and distributed trees to households throughout the community. Trees provide shade, moderate temperatures, and produce fruit and nuts. In several...