Alternatives for fishing villages
The first 22 trees for the model orchard in the village Fayako
Orchards in Senegal
At about 38 milion persons work in the fishery. It's a hard, dangerous and poorly paid work. If these persons had economical alternatives, they would not go fishing as long as they won't get a fair price for it. But how do alternatives arise?
In 2010 fair-fish.ch had to stop its fishery project in Senegal. After that, we tried to develop local income outside of the fishery together with fishing villages. With orchards, the last of these projects wanted to bring also variety to the unbalanced diet of the people living at the Saloum estuary.
The first model orchard was planted near the island village Fayako, under the direction of the long-standing local fair-fish colleague Ousmane Bâ, a gardener by training. The sale of the fruits on the local market should compensate for the labor and finance the plantation of further orchards in the Saloum region.
Unfortunately the project failed already with the first orchard due to local reasons (read more about it in German here). Similar projects shall be carried out by Bâ together with other interested villages in the region, according our plans but independently from fair-fish.