I am in Wack Ngouna, Senegal

Wack Ngouna (pronounced wak-in-goona) is over 300 km southeast of Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. A medium size town with over 300 households (each household may have over ten people living on average), it is home to CLCOP (Cadre Local de Concertation des Organisations de Producteurs), our local partner community organisation.

It is in the central, Saloum region, also known as the Peanut Basin – sandwiched between the Sudano-Sahelian and Guinean Rainforest climate (fancy way to say that we have a dry and a rainy season).

We are currently in dry season, and everything is burning hot under the scorching sun and the Harmattan wind. The animals are out free ranging – scavenging anything they can to survive. The streets are uncared for and littered with dungs and plastics all over the place.

The most (in)visible sign of landscape is the lack of trees. Deforestation is a concern in the region since firewood is still extensively used for cooking. One of our work mandates is to help reduce fuelwood consumption and improve household energy security in the region. We have introduced two energy-efficient cookstoves (a metal cookstove and a clay-brick stove) combined with community agro-forestry strategies as part of the ongoing efforts to slow down (and hopefully reverse) deforestation. We try, Inshallah!

Published by Sung Kyu Kim

Sung Kyu is a research fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex

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