Agriculture, SENEGAL:
Urban agriculture creates jobs, feeds many

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Dakar - A growing number of people are turning to urban agriculture to make a living in and around Senegalís capital, Dakar.
 
Some growers, like Ahmadou Sene, have plots and a market for their produce large enough that they employ people to hoe, weed and harvest the produce.

Sene says he harvests nearly 12 tonnes of vegetables from his one hectare garden each quarter.

According to Senegalís 2011 census, around 3200 people work in horticulture in the Dakar region, covering over eleven thousand hectares.

Despite the growth and potential, these urban farmers face problems of accessing water for irrigation, land to expand production and financing. /IPS (END//2012)

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