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  • Better information helps build resilience that protects

    April 23rd, 2019

    Mary Allen leads Practical Action’s work on agriculture and climate resilience in West Africa.  She has lived in the region since 1986, working on natural resource management and resilience to climate change.

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    In West Africa Practical Action is helping smallholder farmers and people living in low income households, improve their management of and resilience to climate-related risks such as drought and floods, through access to information and adapted knowledge services.

    In 2015 we co-founded the social enterprise Jokalante, whose name means ‘dialogue’ in the Wolof language. It is delivering a range of innovative ICT-enabled services to support uptake of emerging agricultural technologies.

    Four years on, by combining local language radio broadcasts and mobiles phones, Jokalante can reach 600,000 producers across Senegal.  It offers its business, development and government clients a powerful set of tools to engage with men and women living in rural communities, collect feedback and measure levels of satisfaction.

    Jokalante began by promoting a range of locally produced, high quality seeds of staple crops such as millet, sorghum, cowpea and groundnuts. Most of these varieties have a short growing cycle, suitable for years with low rainfall. Their use, alongside existing long season varieties can help farmers to be more resilient to the increasingly variable and unreliable rains in the Sahel. To further strengthen resilience, Jokalante added advice on using organic matter to improve soil fertility, to the promotional campaign for high quality seeds.

    Targeted weather forecasting

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    Practical Action also works to build resilience to climate risks through access to improved information on weather and climate. Many farmers in sub-Saharan Africa face barriers of illiteracy, language and connectivity. This restricts their access to services based on text messages or smartphones. In Senegal, Jokalante is working with the national meteorological service to develop a sustainable business model for sending weather advisories to farmers and fishers, as voice messages recorded in the recipients’ preferred local language.

    Finding out how to increase effectiveness

    But improving access is only part of the solution. This information needs to be delivered to farmers in a way that improves their productivity, reduces risk or enhances resilience to climate shocks and stresses. We are using a systems approach based on the idea that everyone involved in the system works together to map the system and analyse how it works.  This will help identify possible changes to make, individually or collectively, to improve the flow of information and how it is used.

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    It will take into account all the various factors that may affect the effectiveness of the service including advisory services, social norms and institutional arrangements.

    In Niger and Senegal, participants in pilot studies identified ways to improve men and women’s access to and use of climate information services, forged new partnerships to deliver them and identified locally-driven solutions. The approach has also been useful for designing a new system and a step by step methodology guide is available here on Climatelinks.

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    This initiative in West Africa is part of a wider body of work on the subject around the world, including climate information in Bangladesh 

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  • Technology builds community resilience to climate change

    April 1st, 2019

    Practical Action is working in West Africa to help small-holder farmers and people living in low income households, improve their management of and resilience to climate related risks such as drought and floods, through access to information and adapted knowledge services.

    In 2015 we co-founded the social enterprise Jokalante, whose name means “dialogue” in the Wolof language, to deliver a range of innovative ICT-enabled services to support uptake of emerging agricultural technologies. Four years later, by combining local language radio broadcasts with mobiles phones, Jokalante can reach 600,000 producers across Senegal and offers its business, development and government clients a powerful set of tools to engage in dialogue with men and women living in rural communities, collect feedback and measure levels of satisfaction. One of the first technologies promoted by Jokalante was a range of locally produced, high quality seeds of staple crops such as millet, sorghum, cowpea and groundnuts. Most of these varieties have a short growing cycle, suitable for years with low rainfall. Their use alongside existing long season varieties can help farmers to be more resilient to the increasingly variable and unreliable rains in the Sahel. To further strengthen climate resilience, Jokalante added advice on using organic matter to improve soil fertility, to the promotional campaign for high quality seeds.

    © TICmbay/United Purpose

    Practical Action also works to build resilience to climate risks through access to improved weather and climate weather information services (CIS).  Many farmers in sub-Saharan Africa face barriers of illiteracy, language and connectivity which restrict their access to CIS based on text messages or smartphones. In Senegal, Jokalante is working with the national meteorological service to develop a sustainable business model for sending weather advisories to farmers and fishers, as voice messages recorded in the recipients’ preferred local language.

    But improving access is only one part of the solution. CIS need to be delivered to farmers in a way that improves their productivity, reduces risk or enhances resilience to climate shocks and stresses. In the Climate Information Research Initiative (CISRI) we have looked at ways to improve the overall effectiveness of climate information services, using a systems approach. The Participatory Climate Information Service System Development approach is based in the idea that if CIS system actors map the system and analyse together how it works, then they will be able to identify possible changes they can make, individually or collectively, to improve the flux of information and how it is used by farmers. The approach supports system actors to assess all the various factors that may affect the effectiveness of the service including advisory services, social norms and institutional arrangements.  During pilot studies in Niger and Senegal, participants identified intervention points to improve men and women’s access to and use of CIS, forged new stakeholder partnerships to facilitate CIS delivery and identified locally-driven solutions. The approach has also been useful for designing a new CIS. More information and a step by step methodology guide are available on Climatelinks at: www.climatelinks.org/resources/PCISSD-guide.

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  • KnowledgePoint en Afrique de l’Ouest

    January 29th, 2015

    Gestion des Connaissances pour le Développement (GC4D): Collaboration des Bureaux Régionaux de l’Afrique de l’Ouest de WaterAid et de Practical Action pour le partage des connaissances à travers KnowledgePoint.

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    En effet, pour assurer des interventions durables, novatrices, appropriées et efficaces, nos méthodes et idées font permanemment l’objet d’analyse, d’amélioration et d’adaptation. Nous publions des brochures, notes techniques d’information, revues, bulletins d’information et pages web en vue d’optimiser les idées qui peuvent transformer des vies. Nous apportons des renseignements techniques, entretenons des relations avec la presse écrite et audiovisuelle, influençons le contenu des supports d’apprentissage dans la perspective de sensibiliser et motiver les jeunes.

    Le cadre d’échange, KnowledgePoint offre une excellente et extraordinaire opportunité de partage des connaissances. En plus, il répond convenablement aux besoins des individus en quête d’informations fiables. L’objet de la mise au point de KnowledgePoint est non seulement pour étendre l’impact de nos interventions à des millions de personnes mais également toucher beaucoup d’autres par le biais d’une approche de partage des connaissances et de changement concret des politiques.

    Comment accéder à KnowledgePoint On peut très facilement s’inscrire et y accéder en allant sur le lien http://knowledgepoint.org/fr/questions/

    5 Bonnes raisons d’utiliser Knowledge Point

    (i) Simplicité et facilité d’utilisation

    (ii) Réponse aux questions: informations fiables et actualisées;

    (iii) Interactivité avec la possibilité de poser des questions et rechercher des documents/outils en français ou anglais

    (iv) Diversité de thématiques

    (v) Archivage des discussions permettant une communication asynchrone

     

    KnowledgePoint en appui à la réponse mondiale contre Ebola

    Différentes organisations à travers le monde ont soutenu les efforts d’éradication de l’épidémie Ebola qui sévit en ce moment en Afrique de l’ouest. En effet, en juillet 2014, l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) avait convoqué les ministres de la santé de sept pays à une réunion d’urgence pour convenir d’une stratégie pour coordonner les appuis techniques nécessaires contre l’épidémie. En aout, Ebola fut déclaré par l’OMS comme une urgence de santé publique mondiale. Puis, l‘OMS a publié une feuille de route sur l’orientation et la coordination de la riposte internationale à la crise. A l’heure actuelle, l’assistance provient de la Chine, du Cuba mais aussi d’organismes d’aide et des gouvernements de certains pays occidentaux. Cela n’a néanmoins pas empêché l’épidémie de se propager, ni le nombre de cas de doubler chaque mois.

    C’est en guise d’appui aux efforts de maitrise de la propagation de cette crise que WaterAid, Practical Action et d’autres ONGs ont utilisé KnowledgePoint pour créer un site qui servira de cadre de ‘Questions &Réponses’ sur Ebola. La mise au point de ce site a aussi connu le concours de UN WASH Cluster, de l’OMS, de la croix rouge internationale, du centre américain de lutte contre la maladie et de Médecins Sans Frontières.

    Lien de KP sur Ebola: http://ebola.knowledgepoint.org/fr/questions/.Tout un chacun peut apporter des réponses aux questions mais il y a également un groupe de 11 experts disponibles (voir ici : http://ebola.knowledgepoint.org/en/users/by-group/337/ebola-wash-tg/).

    WaterAidwww.wateraid.orgTel: +221 33 859 08 30 KP
    www.knowledgepoint.org
    Practical Action
    www.practicalaction.orgTel: +221 77 881 27 81
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  • Knowledge Point in West Africa

    January 27th, 2015

    Knowledge Management for Development (KM4D): WaterAid and Practical Action West Africa Regional Offices working jointly for knowledge sharing through KnowledgePoint

    kp-logo-largeWaterAid and Practical Action prioritise knowledge management and research (action and collaborative). We continually review, refine and adapt our methods and thinking to make sure our work is sustainable, innovative, relevant and effective. To maximize the life-changing potential of ideas, we publish books, journals, newsletters, technical briefs and web pages. We offer a technical enquiry service, communicate with the print and broadcast media and influence the content of learning materials to educate and inspire young people.

    KnowledgePoint as a platform of exchange is an amazing and interesting way to share knowledge and to respond effectively to people’s needs for reliable information. It is designed to help us expand our work to deliver direct impact to millions of people whilst reaching many more though our knowledge sharing and practical policy change.

    5 Good Reasons to use KnowledgePoint

    (i) Simple and easy to use

    (ii) Answers to Questions reliable and updated;

    (iii) Interactivity and possibility to ask questions and look for documents/tools in French or English

    (iv) Diversity of topics

    (v) Discussions archived: which allows an asynchronous communication

    KnowledgePoint access is easy and registration is very user friendly. Go to the link: http://knowledgepoint.org/

    KnowledgePoint – Providing support in the Global Ebola response

    Organizations from around the world have responded to help stop the ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic in West Africa. In July 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened an emergency meeting with health ministers from eleven countries and announced collaboration on a strategy to co-ordinate technical support to combat the epidemic. In August, they declared the outbreak an international public health emergency and published a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak. Currently, aid agencies and governments of some western countries as well as China and Cuba are providing assistance. However, the epidemic keeps spreading and the number of confirmed cases in doubling every four weeks.

    As part of their response to this crisis, WaterAid and Practical Action and other NGOs are contributing to the efforts to control the spread of the disease by setting up a KnowledgePoint site for questions and answers for Ebola responders in collaboration with the UN WASH Cluster, WHO, International Red Cross, US Centre for Disease Control and Médecins Sans Frontières.

    The link to the Ebola KP: http://ebola.knowledgepoint.org/ and although anyone can respond, we have a panel of 11 technical specialists here: http://ebola.knowledgepoint.org/en/users/by-group/337/ebola-wash-tg/ .

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    www.wateraid.org

    Tel: +221 33 859 08 30

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    www.knowledgepoint.org
    Practical Action
    www.practicalaction.org

    Tel: +221 77 881 27 81

     

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  • Handwashing with soap – more relevant than ever

    Rue 10, Dakar, Senegal, Dakar
    October 15th, 2014

    On 15th October, people in oct15-engmore than 80 countries are celebrating Global Handwashing Day.  With impacts reaching far beyond the day itself, the event raises awareness that hand washing with soap, such a simple gesture, can save lives.

    The battle against Ebola highlights once again how important this practice is for preventing disease. Handwashing with soap is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to « self-vaccinate» against the transmission of viral diseases according to Sanjay Wjiesekera head of UNICEF’s global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes. “Our teams on the ground in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are stressing the importance of handwashing as part of a raft of measures that are needed to halt the spread of Ebola. It is not a magic bullet, but it is a means of additional defence which is cheap and readily available.

    One more reason to redouble our efforts to ensure hand washing with soap is firmly anchored in the habits of every man, woman and child – everyone, everywhere, at all times.

    Prevention is better than cure!

     

    Resources

    tippy tapThe Tippy-Tap is a simple device to wash hands where there is no running water.

    You can find instructions to make a Tippy-Tap  in our collection of technical briefs at Practical Answers

     

     

    To read about Practical Action’s work to improve access to safe water and sanitation visit: https://practicalaction.org/urban-water-sanitation-waste

    To support our work visit: https://practicalaction.org/make-a-donation

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  • Se laver les mains au savon – plus pertinent que jamais

    Rue 10, Dakar, Senegal, Dakar
    October 15th, 2014

    oct-15-2Ce 15 octobre, dans plus de 80 pays, on célèbrera la Journée mondiale de lavage des mains au savon.  Bien plus qu’une simple journée, cet événement permet de sensibiliser les personnes à un geste simple, qui peut sauver des vies.

    La lutte contre l’épidémie d’Ebola souligne à nouveau l’importance de cette pratique dans la prévention des maladies. Se laver les mains avec du savon est une des méthodes les moins chères et plus efficaces de « se vacciner » contre la transmission des maladies virales selon Sanjay Wjiesekera chef du programme mondial d’eau et d’assainissement de l’UNICF – « nos équipes sur le terrain en Sierra Leone, au Libéria et en Guinée soulignent l’importance du lavage des mains dans le cadre d’une série de mesures qui sont nécessaires pour enrayer la propagation du virus Ebola. Ce n’est pas une solution miracle, mais c’est un moyen de défense supplémentaire qui et facilement disponible et qui n’est pas cher ».

    Une raison de plus de redoubler les efforts visant à enraciner l’habitude de se laver les mains au savon  – l’enraciner dans les habitudes de tous et de toutes, à tout moment et partout.

    Prévenir vaut mieux que guérir !

     

    Ressources

     Ltippy tape Tippy-Tap est un appareil simple qui permet de se laver les mains dans les situations où il n’y pas d’eau courante.

    Télécharger les instructions pour fabriquer un Tippy-Tap

    ou parcourir d’autres ressources sur notre site Réponses Pratiques

     

    Pour davantage de ressources en français sur le lavage des mains, consulter Pedag-eau

    Pour lire plus sur le travail de Practical Action dans le domaine de l’eau et de l’assainissement visiter notre site principal : https://practicalaction.org/urban-water-sanitation-waste (en anglais)

    Pour soutenir notre travail visiter : https://practicalaction.org/make-a-donation

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  • Living in the shadow of Ebola

    Rue 10, Dakar, Senegal, Dakar
    October 8th, 2014

    We haveebola been living in the shadow of Ebola for six months now, here in West Africa. Can you believe that?  6 months? I didn’t at first, when I saw a headline on the UN website. So I checked back through my West Africa office weekly diary and, yes there it was on April 7th, my first reference to Ebola in Guinea.

    At the time my immediate concern was twofold: would it affect our strategic partnership with Concern Universal in Guinea; was my family in Mali at risk? But I calmly put the outbreak into perspective and convinced myself that this wasn’t really something that would have a significant effect on my life.

    And I wasn’t alone. In fact for the next three months Ebola was like a storm cloud on the horizon – visible, but no immediate threat. Mary Willcox, Senior Energy Expert, spoke at a renewable energy conference. Rob Cartridge, Head of Practical Answers, came to visit.

    Everything changed at the end of July, just after Rob returned home. Nigeria had reported its first case of Ebola. America had decided to evacuate two health workers, infected in Liberia. Suddenly we had to face up to the fact that we are all at risk from Ebola to some extent: as Senegal discovered later in August, then the USA and now, Spain.

    The good news is that Senegal’s one victim, a young man from Guinea, has made a full recovery and there was no cross infection. In Nigeria the situation is stable and as the WHO saysif Nigeria can control an outbreak caused by such a deadly and highly contagious virus, right from the start, any country in the world can do the same”.  Any country that is, which provides adequate training and good quality protective gear for all its staff all the time, and secure isolation units with beds, food, water and medicines for all the patients. Does that sound like where you live? If so, breathe a sigh of relief.

    The bad news  is that, in the area where this outbreak is focused, some countries are dealing with the aftermath of terrible civil wars and healthcare systems are in collapse. To make matters worse the outbreak developed in a remote, densely populated region where traditionally people are buried in the community where they were born. So not only was it more difficult than usual to track down contacts but there were highly contagious Ebola corpses travelling across borders in all directions in pick-ups and taxis. The result was an epidemic that kept flaring up in different places. Ebola had found itself in ideal conditions for a perfect storm; when every individual circumstance is a bit worse than normal and they then combine to create a disaster.

    The disaster for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is only just beginning. With already more than 3300 dead  the number of new cases is said to be doubling every 20-30 days. The WHO predicts 20,000 cases by early November and, looking further ahead, the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) warns that if nothing changes there could be 1.4 million cases by late January.

    Moreover, it is a disaster which goes deeper than the suffering of victims and their families. There are fears of food shortages as quarantines and border closures disrupt farming and pile pressure on food imports. In fact the whole economy of the sub-region is threatened mainly, say the World Bank, by costs which result from fear of contagion – for example when people don’t turn up for work, businesses are closed, flights are suspended or sea ports closed.

    It is encouraging that a coordinated international response is underway at last, but will governments and frontline organisations be able to act together sufficiently quickly and at the scale required, to break the chain of transmission? Your guess is as good as mine. It is an immense logistical and human challenge and time is fast running out.

    What is the effect on Practical Action? Well, with every international event which we had planned to attend or organise in Dakar, Bamako and Ouagadougou now cancelled or postponed indefinitely, the most immediate effect is that we need to completely rethink our strategy to promote Practical Answers, Knowledge Point and the Poor People’s Energy Outlook in French. Apart from this though, it is very much business as usual.

    We keep calm and carry on – a bit like citizens in wartime Britain. Why? Because, what I understand now is that for as long as this storm of infection rages unchecked and possibly, for many years to come, we are all of us, everywhere, living in the shadow of Ebola.

    Me, here in Dakar and you, wherever you are, too!

    keep calm

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  • Cherchez-vous des Réponses pratiques en Afrique de l’Ouest ?

    May 6th, 2014


    Réponses pratiques
     est une banque de documents techniques (fiches techniques, manuels, vidéos, fichiers audio … ) que vous pourrez télécharger et reproduire gratuitement.  Elle a été mise en place au fils des ans, sur la base des connaissances et expériences vécues par le personnel de Practical Action et d’autres organisations. Réponses pratiques comprend aussi un service gratuit de conseil technique. Si vous n’y trouvez pas ce que vous cherchez, s’il vous plaît,  contactez-nous  via la section Poser une question

    Avec l’ouverture récente d’un bureau à Dakar nous espérons pouvoir capitaliser et partager davantage de connaissances techniques venant de l’Afrique de l’Ouest.  Vous trouverez ci-après par exemple quelques excellents manuels techniques qui s’appuient sur des décennies d’expériences pratiques dans la sous-région.  Ils ont été écrit dans la cadre de l’Initiative mondiale pour l’eau en Afrique de l’Ouest, et sont une lecture essentielle pour les ingénieurs, chefs de projet et tous ceux qui cherchent des réponses pratiques à l’épineuse question : Comment vous assurez-vous de l’eau en milieu rural et des infrastructures d’assainissement fonctionne de manière fiable tout au long de sa durée de vie?

     

    Communautés au suivi des travaux de réalisation d’un mini réseau d’approvisionnement en eau  Guide Pratique pour la Construction de Latrine à Simple Fosse
     Guide de formation des communautés au suivi des travaux de réalisation de forage  Contractualisation de la réalisation des points d’eau
     Faire le bon choix: un comparatif des technologies d’approvisionnement en eau en milieu rural  bnbm
    Démarche qualité pour la réalisation d’infrastructures durables en Afrique de l’Ouest  

     

    A travers notre nouveau site Web en français nous avons l’am
    bition de rendre le service de Réponses pratiques plus accessible en Afrique de l’Ouest. Si vous voulez contribuer à rédaction ou à la traduction de documents techniques ou à rejoindre notre réseau de spécialistes techniques, s’il vous plaît écrivez-nous à infoserv@practicalaction.org.uk

     

     

     

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  • Looking for Practical Answers in West Africa?

    N1, Dakar, Senegal, Dakar
    February 5th, 2014

    Practical Answers is a collection of hundreds of free resources (technical briefs, manuals, video and audio files…) which has been built up over the years based on the knowledge and real life experiences of Practical Action project staff and others. It is also a free technical enquiry service. If you don’t find the answer you need you can send us your question.

    Now that we have opened an office in Dakar we hope to capture and share more technical knowledge generated within West Africa. Here for example are some excellent technical manuals which draw on decades of practical experiences from across West Africa. Written by practitioners as part of the Global Water Initiative West Africa, they are essential reading for engineers, project managers or anyone looking for practical answers to that thorny question: How do you ensure rural water and sanitation infrastructure operates reliably throughout its design life?

    We will also be launching a website in French to make Practical Answers accessible throughout West Africa. If you would be interested to contribute to writing or translating technical briefs or by joining our network of technical specialists, please write to us here:

    Construction of a Gravity-fed Solar Powered Water Supply: A Training Guide

    Community Monitoring During the Construction of a Gravity-fed Solar Powered Water Supply: A Training Guide

    GWI-A-Simple-Pit-Latrine

    A Practical Guide for Building a Simple Pit Latrine.

    Community Monitoring of Borehole Construction: A Training Guide

    Community Monitoring of Borehole Construction: A Training Guide

    Contracting for Water Point Construction: Provisional and Final Acceptance Forms

    Contracting for Water Point Construction: Provisional and Final Acceptance Forms

    Making the Right Choices:  Comparing Your Rural Water Options

    Making the Right Choices: Comparing Your Rural Water Options

    The Essential Steps Before Handing-over a Borehole (With Hand Pump) to the community

    The Essential Steps Before Handing-over a Borehole (With Hand Pump) to the community

    GWI-Assuring Quality-An Approach-to Building-Long -Lasting Infrastructure-in West-Africa

    GWI-Assuring Quality-An Approach-to Building-Long -Lasting Infrastructure-in West-Africa

    Contact our West Africa office via infoserv@practicalaction.org.uk

    www.practicalaction.org/fr

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  • Practical Action Afrique de l’Ouest – l’Aventure Commence

    November 29th, 2013

    C’est toujours un plaisir de sortir de l’avion à Dakar et respirer dans la mer-brise fraîche et douce – un tel contraste au vent chaud et poussiéreux que j’ai laissé à Bamako, plus de 1000 km à l’Est. Au cours des plus de 25 ans que je vie et travaille en Afrique de l’Ouest je me suis rendue à Dakar beaucoup de fois mais cette fois-ci, c’est très différente, sachant que cette courte visite sera ma dernière avant de déménager ici en Janvier 2014 pour ouvrir un nouveau bureau de Practical Action en Afrique de L’Ouest. Practical Action Afrique de l’Ouest

    Différente, et un peu intimidant aussi! La région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest est grande. Les 15 Etats membres de la communauté de la CEDEAO seule (voir la carte), couvrent une superficie de 5,1 millions de km2, équivalente à 21 fois la taille du Royaume-Uni. Elle est aussi pleine de contrastes: à partir des bourdonnements des villes portuaires animées de Dakar, Accra, Abidjan, Lomé et Lagos, qui constituent des pôles essentiels pour le commerce régional et la croissance économique; jusqu’aux pays semi-désertiques et enclavés du Mali, du Burkina et du Niger, parmi les moins développés au Monde. Ici, la sécheresse récurrente, aggravée par le récent conflit armé, ont eu comme conséquence environ 10,3 millions de personnes confrontées à des pénuries alimentaires critiques en 2013, dont 4,5 millions d’enfants de moins de 5 ans à haut risque de la malnutrition aiguë.

    Donc, lors de mes rencontres à Dakar cette semaine, je parlais à un large éventail de personnes, pour apprendre davantage sur ce que le gouvernement, le secteur privé et les agriculteurs eux-mêmes, sont déjà en train de faire et pour discuter comment Practical Action pourrait soutenir cela, en apportant son mélange unique de connaissances, de compétences et plus de 45 ans d’expérience de l’utilisation de la technologie pour défier la pauvreté dans les pays en développement.

    Assata Diarra – une agricultrice Ouest Africaine

    Assata Diarra – une agricultrice Ouest Africaine, planteur d’arbres, cultivatrice de légumes et commerçante [Photo credit: Sahel Eco]

    Et je pensais à Aissata Diarra qui j’ai rencontré au Mali en Mars 2012, à la veille du coup d’Etat (photo de gauche). Assata est une agricultrice, un planteur d’arbres, une cultivatrice de légumes et une commerçante. Elle utilise son téléphone mobile (accroché autour de son cou) pour aider à vendre ses fruits et légumes et pour rester en contact avec les membres de la famille qui habitent loin.

    Practical Action travaillera en Afrique de l’Ouest afin que les agriculteurs comme Assata, peuvent développer des systèmes agricoles plus résilients – mieux à même de résister et de se remettre rapidement de chocs climatiques – et avoir accès à des solutions énergétiques abordables, durables et disponible localement qui leur permettent de se sortir de la pauvreté et améliorer la santé et le bien-être de toute la famille, et en particulier leurs enfants.

    Si vous travaillez en Afrique de l’Ouest et seriez intéressé à collaborer avec Practical Action dans les domaines de l’énergie à petite échelle ou l’agriculture, ou d’être sur notre registre des consultants associés, s’il vous plaît écrivez-moi à: infoserv@practicalaction.org.uk

    Read this blog post in English

    www.practicalaction.org/fr

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