Small Plot Irrigation
Modeling a new way of farming for families in Northern Senegal.
A typical farmer in Senegal has a 1,000-square-yard plot that he works on all year. And watering that field is a daily task that requires time and energy. Pulling water from a well and having to carry the water limits the surface area a farm can cultivate.
These small plots can’t produce enough income to feed families, keep children in school, or pay for medicine. Many Senegalese in rural areas end up borrowing money from family, friends, and neighbors. In the end, both farmers and their community are unable to work their way out of poverty.
Through the small plot irrigation project, CAMA Senegal provides loans to farmers for drilling boreholes and installing pumps. Water is pumped into large basins in the middle of fields to be carried out with buckets. This method affords farmers more time to cultivate other areas. With some good timely planting, a farmer’s income could increase by 300-400%.
In partnership with LeTourneau University, CAMA Senegal is also developing a borehole drilling rig that is easy to transport and use. The hope is to develop this into a local business to supply the region with high-quality boreholes to help lift communities out of poverty.