Dakar, 17 April, 2021 / 8:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) serving in Senegal are empowering young people in the West African nation with skills in agroecology, officials have reported.
Launched by Spain-based Salesian non-governmental organization, Bosco Global, the project dubbed, “Cultivating the skills of young people: Formation in agroecology in Tambacounda (Senegal)” is expected to have an estimated 50 people gain skills in agroecology, a Monday, April 12 report obtained by ACI Africa indicates.
The beneficiaries of the project, which is being realized through a partnership with the Spain-based Menorcan Fund for International Cooperation, include 10 students of Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Senegal’s Catholic Diocese of Tambacounda and their respective families.
The youth and their respective families “are learning about organic farming techniques, soil enrichment and water optimization,” SDB officials say in the April 12 report, and add, “The students have been assigned rural plots, and some of them have already started working.”
“The project will help curb desertification and enrich the soil that is now depleted due to a lack of nutrients and water, as well as climate change, which is shortening the rainy season,” they note in the report published by Mission Newswire, the information service of SDB.