Strengthening Local Strategies for Managing Inter Village Agro-pastoral Resources in the Groundnut Basin (Sénégal)

The groundnut basin in Sénégal is highly populated, densely cultivated and facing a crisis that is both economic (characterized by low productivity, poverty, food insecurity) and ecological (characterized by reduced soil fertility, erosion, desertification, fuelwood shortages, loss of biodiversity).

This action-research project will shed light on the perceptions and practices of different actors, as well as the factors (social, cultural, economic, biophysical) that affect utilization of agro-pastoral resources in the basin. The study will endeavor to explain weak involvement of peasants in decision-making, management and utilization of these resources despite a prevailing policy of decentralization.

The results will inform political dialogue concerning the sustainable management of inter-village agro-pastoral community resources and the resolution of conflicts between stakeholders.

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Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

End Date

Thursday, February 2, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Butare, Innocent

Total funding

CA$ 402,980


Senegal, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Diaminatou Sanogo


Institut sénégalais de recherches agricoles

Institution Country