Last week, reporters from Guinguineo Community Radio visited CREATE!’s cooperative garden site in Darou Diadji to record a broadcast about our partnership with the village. The interview was part of a weekly broadcast focusing on agriculture in Guinguineo Department.
Guinguineo Community Radio’s reporter was very impressed by the Darou Diadji cooperative’s achievements, saying “I never thought that that dry-season agricultural cultivation could be possible in this part of Senegal.” During the interview, CREATE! Country Director Omar Ndiaye Seck and field technicians Ousmane Diallo and Amadou Diouf answered questions about how CREATE!’s programs started in Darou Diadji, our philosophy of community-based sustainable development, and the details of our partnership with beneficiaries in the village. Ousmane and Diouf also answered technical questions about our agricultural techniques and strategies.
In addition to broadcasting on Guinguineo Community Radio, the station will also send a copy of the interview to the Senegalese Ministry of Agriculture. This interview will build local visibility and knowledge about how CREATE! programs benefit vulnerable rural populations. Seck ended the interview by encouraging other villages to build community self-sufficiency by rehabilitating their abandoned wells and cultivating vegetables during the long dry season. He said, “Don’t wait for help from CREATE! or from the government – you can take responsibility for the future sustainability of your community.”
The radio station plans to conduct additional interviews in CREATE!’s partner communities of Walo and Gagnick Mack.