Senegal is experiencing widespread environmental deterioration that significantly impacts people’s welfare and undermines the opportunities of future generations. Senegal’s current land use system contributes to deforestation and a drastic decline in soil fertility and water quality. In addition, the effects of climate change such as rising temperatures and sea level strongly impact agricultural production. With well over a third of the population living below the poverty line, Senegal, like many of its regional neighbors, is affected by high rates of food insecurity, health vulnerability and gender inequality. To address these constraints and ensure better food security, intervention at the grass-roots level is necessary to improve communities’ management of natural resources and the environment. Adults and youth need to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the preservation of the environment, and the intensification and diversification of agricultural production.
The goal of the Peace Corps Senegal Agroforestry Project is to help individuals and communities to improve the management of natural resources and the environment, ensuring food security in a healthier environment.
To this effect, Volunteers will work to:
• Increase the knowledge and appreciation of environmental issues in youth and adults.
• Increase the capacity of communities to plant and care for trees in order to increase access to nutritious foods, generate income, and restore and protect land.
• Increase the capacity of communities to manage natural resources and the environment in sustainable, healthy, and productive ways.
Volunteers will work to meet the objectives above by engaging in the following activities:
• Conducting environmental education with youth and adults both within and outside of school settings
• Promoting and planting multi-purpose tree species that enhance soil fertility, reduce erosion, and protect fields against animals
• Establishing and managing fruit tree orchards to produce quality fruit (mainly mango, citrus, and cashews) to be sold in local markets or consumed by families
• Engaging in general gardening extension and promoting community engagement in the management of their natural resources and challenges (e.g., fire management, reforestation activities, erosion control)
Peace Corps Senegal promotes gender awareness, gender equity, and girls’ and women’s empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in Senegal and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. You will monitor, evaluate and report on the work conducted by the farmers and others you work with through field visits and surveys.
You don't need to be an agroforestry expert to be a successful Volunteer. While serving, you will act as a facilitator, a catalyst, a liaison, and a resource person for farming communities.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check