The realisation of hydro-agricultural infrastructure such as embankments, anti-salt dams and boreholes aims to meet the growing need for water of the agricultural sector. The population of five regions of the Groundnut basin (Diourbel, Fatick, Kaffrine, Kaolack and Thiès) was invited to identify their needs in this respect and to submit a project application. To do so, the communities started a consultation and decision-making process involving farmers, village heads, women and youths. Overall, some 200 rural communities submitted a project application.
Water retention basins to supply agricultural irrigation systems, to water cattle or to raise the water level of freshwater ponds and foster fisheries.
Eleven retention dams have been realised. They will store almost seven million m3 of water, which will allow producers to grow rice and market garden produce on approximately 1,000 hectares year-round with two or even three yields per year.
Five wells have been re-equipped which allow farmers to develop market garden activities on approximately 50 hectares of land.
The five anti-salt dams realised allow farmers to reclaim almost 650 hectares of saline land, preventing saline water from contaminating production water and avoiding the loss of farm land.
Building of one of the three filtering embankments. They will contribute to recharging groundwater reserves and consequently provide producers with easier access to water. The construction also creates job opportunities for locals. More than 300 youths were employed on this construction site.