Help the Sahel overcome food insecurity and hunger by 2025
SOS SAHEL is an African-born grassroots organization with 40 years of experience and expertise. Founded
in Senegal in 1976 by President Léopold Sédar Senghor, today SOS SAHEL acts in 11 countries throughout
the entire Sahel region.
SOS SAHEL works with actors on the ground, local networks, and international partners to address
challenges in the Sahel and help its people realize their full potential, empowering women and increasing
access to economic opportunities along the way.
In the Sahel:
40% of land is degraded
300 million Sahelians to feed
75% of population earns < 1.25 USD per day
Only 5% of rural population has access to electricity
Despite the challenges, the Sahel is truly the land of opportunities. Potential human and natural resources are widely available across the region:
The FOOD SECURITY & NUTRITION INITIATIVE 2025 promotes SOS SAHEL’s solution to stop the
advancement of the drylands and promote food security, ensuring that people have enough to eat and the
resources necessary to produce food.
The Sahel is not isolated from the rest of the world – the fate of the Sahel impacts everyone.
To ensure a stable and sustainable planet, we need to maximize the potential of the drylands area by promoting
innovative solutions that ensure food security and nutrition and capitalize on the best the Sahel has to offer.
SOS SAHEL’s initiative is in concert with the commitment of the African Union to end hunger by 2025.
Won’t you help us end hunger in the Sahel by 2025?
Beyond the emergency, it is essential to address the root causes of food insecurity and malnutrition and to
strengthen the resilience of the poorest people: it is the overriding goal of SOS Sahel.
MARIE, FARMER IN BURKINA FASO “BY RAISING GOATS, WE GUARANTEE FOOD SECURITY FOR OUR FAMILY “
“My name is Marie and I live in the town of Bogandé, Burkina Faso. With my husband , we are farmers. However, as the climate is very harsh, it is often risky to rely only on our crops to live properly throughout the year. Because of droughts and floods, our fields can sometimes be completely ravaged. This is why we decided to complement our business by raising goats. SOS Sahel first allowed us to buy a first torque to develop our small flock.”
AÏCHA , FARMER IN DJIBOUTI “OUR GARDEN PROVIDES FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO THE SCHOOL CANTEEN”
“My name is Aisha and I live in Randa, Djibouti. In our village, we are lucky to have a school that can accommodate 500 children. The mothers of the village created a garden to provide fruits and vegetables to the school canteen. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to grow good products throughout the year, due to the heat and lack of water. Despite our efforts, we managed to supply the canteen at only 30%. Thanks to SOS Sahel, we have been trained and are better equipped. The area of the garden has since doubled to 10,225 ft2 today. Today we produce over 70% of fruit and vegetables of the canteen and the food is better.”
TESFAIE , FARMER IN ETHIOPIA “IN MY FAMILY, WE HAVE ALWAYS PRACTICED AGROFORESTRY”
“My name is Tesfaie and I live in Loka Abaya, Ethiopia. Our environment always faces threats. Drought, irrigation problems, soil infertility, flooding … In order to develop efficient agriculture, we had to find innovative methods! Agroforestry is not a static model. Each tree species has a particular value and a specific interest: restore soil, keep rain, produce fruit, etc. With SOS Sahel, we planted 60 trees, including fruit trees that allow us to harvest our fruit for our own consumption but also for sale.”
LOKOANDÉ , FARMERS IN BURKINA FASO “I PRODUCE SEEDS FOR FARMERS OF MY REGION”
“My name is Lankoandé, I live in the province of Gnagna, Burkina Faso and I am a seed manufacturer. In my exploitation, I produce improved seeds to supply the region’s shops. Thanks to SOS Sahel, I benefited from numerous trainings to learn my new trade. Restore my land was the first step. Then I could plant my first seeds. I could also acquire agricultural equipment to produce organic manure to enrich my soil. Last year, I was able to produce two tonnes of sorghum per hectare against 800 kg in previous years.”