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The remote Bassari community have to make difficult choices about how to adapt to many changes that are linked to climate change. Courtesy Anna Porcuna Ferrer
The Bassari people, a farming community of about 20,000 people, live in an area between Senegal and Guinea. During French colonial rule, the Bassari lost part of their communal land to a national park and were subjected to poll taxes and forced labour.
Akon City has been abandoned and development has been suspended indefinitely, less than five years after it first began. Problems started early on because Akon’s inflated claims did not correspond with the actual situation. Considering Senegal’s systems and economy, the $6 billion price tag was completely out of line.
The 100 free solar-powered water pumps were installed by UAE renewable energy company Masdar’s African joint venture, Infinity Power. Farmer Fatima Ndiaye, said: “We can now harvest all year around. We can take our produce to market. Before, there were no more markets because everything was damaged. Now, traders have returned.”
Nigerian agri-tech startup UfarmX, which leverages blockchain technology to empower rural, unbanked and underserved smallholder farmers, has partnered Africa GreenTec to deliver customised solutions to Senegalese women farmers, promoting sustainable development across the country’s agricultural value chain.
Under the Scaling Up Renewable Energy (SURE) initiative, USAID will distribute grants to notable solar tech companies, including Ibriz, FlexNRJ, BONERGIE, Tysilio, SolarX, Kossam SDE, Jokosun, and Africa Green Tec.
Asharami Energy Senegal, a Sahara Group Company, has delivered a clean and sustainable solar powered energy solution to the Daaray Serigne Saliou Mbacke Orphanage, saving the facility up to 500,000 CFA in monthly electricity bill. The orphanage, located in Kounoune, is home to more than 100 children.
Reflecting on the agreement, the CEO of ICIEC stated, “This initiative is not just about illuminating streets; it’s about empowering communities, enhancing safety, and sparking economic growth in rural areas. By harnessing the power of solar energy, we are taking a significant step towards energy independence and security”.
In addition to legislative actions, the government is mobilizing private sector investment in smart agriculture under efforts to enhance agricultural productivity by utilizing modern and environmentally friendly technology.

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