Many of CREATE!’s partner communities are located in Senegal’s “peanut basin,” an area of the country renowned for its seasonal groundnut cultivation. Each year, over one million metric tons of peanuts are harvested from the region. The majority of the cultivation takes place during Senegal’s short, 3-month rainy season in the summer, which began a few weeks ago.
Over 90% of peanut cultivation and other agriculture in Senegal is reliant on rainfall, but climate change has been causing increasingly unpredictable weather patterns throughout West Africa. Some years are drier than others, but this year, field technicians have reported torrential rains and windstorms across the region over the past few weeks.
These unpredictable weather patterns have made CREATE!’s sustainable agriculture training all the more important and valuable to rural communities that rely heavily on their natural resources for their livelihoods. In the past, many people were only able to earn an income seasonally off the peanut harvest. Today, however, thousands of men and women are benefiting from year-round access to fresh vegetables and water available from CREATE!’s partner communities.
Let’s take a photo tour through rural Senegal to see what summer looks like in our partner communities!