The change in rainfall at Bandafassi is a crucial issue in terms of climate resilience, particularly in terms of adapting the sowing calendar. Fonio is sown according to anticipated rainfall, which sometimes turns out to be wrong, with significant effects on yield. This video shows the different stages in the fonio harvest in our villages. This is the harvesting of
The photo shows a field of millet, but millet farming is disappearing in Bandafassi because of the lack of rain. Millet used to be the main source of food, and it is also very important culturally. It is used for celebrations: beer is made from it for traditional Malinké and Bedik ceremonies, and the stalks are used in the dance
The woman in the video is an example of the importance of the forest to the local population, and of the relationship between the people of Wassadou and nature. Here, she is sorting palm leaves, which she will then use to make brooms. She makes them to sell and earn extra income. However, this activity is becoming increasingly difficult, due
This photo, which shows a donkey pulling water, clearly shows the depth of the well and illustrates the problem of the lack of water and especially drinking water in the village of Missirah Tabadiang. The well is over 35m deep. Water is drawn directly from the well for personal consumption, but a donkey is needed to draw water for livestock.
In Bedik culture, if there is an iniation on Wednesday, the girls go to fetch water. Before, this was done on the mountain, there were water points, but now with climate change, it is difficult to find water in Ethiouar, they are obliged to go down to fetch water, and come and do the cultural practices at the top of
From 9 to 12 January 2023, an advocacy workshop organised within the framework of the Watigueleya Kêlé project took place in Tambacounda (Senegal). This workshop brought together delegates from the three Senegalese villages participating in the project (Bandafassi, Missirah Tabadiang, and Wassadou-Dépôt), supervised by the Donkosira team, and the advocacy expert Illia Djadi. The objective of the workshop was to
We are in Iden Karfa, in the Ethiouar district, in Bandafassi. This water point used to be used as a drinking water source for the people of this neighbourhood, in this case the Bédik people. Ten years ago, the water remained here until November-December. Today, we see that at the end of October, beginning of November, the water runs dry.
“I don’t know if you know the place there, the place called Kuga. We used to draw water from there, but now there is no water. The old people who used to live here say that people used to draw water from there, but look at today, there’s not even any water. It’s amazing. Even if you dig, you can’t
The scarcity of rainfall means that the lowlands no longer fill up with water as they used to. This has a negative impact on rice production. In order to make ends meet, the women of the village have started alternative activities such as collecting stones. They divide into groups to collect stones to sell them to truckers from Tambacounda.
This report reflects the daily life of the pastoralists of Wassadou. They face the same difficulties in accessing water as the women in some areas of the small village on the national road in the Tambacounda region. By: Adama Dansokho Households and difficulties in accessing drinking water Wassadou, Senegal, February 2022 Women face enormous difficulties in accessing drinking water. The