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Why Agriculture?

Approximately 70% of the world’s poor are farmers. Most of the farmers we work with have been farming their entire lives and it is often their only means to supporting themselves and their families. Hear it in their words:

How long have you been farming?

“Since I was a little girl” – Ramata, female early adopter, Kolonding

“I’ve done agriculture since 1984” – Mamadou, new male member, Lycounda

“I started farming at the age of 7. I couldn’t even really hold the machine at that time I was so small” – Abdoulaye, male early adopter, Kolonding

“I’ve been a farmer since a young age because my father was a farmer. I went to school, but during vacation I went to farm in the village.” – Mamadou, male village chief, Séoro

Why is agriculture important for you and your family?

“Agriculture is very important for us because we feed ourselves with what we grow and we sell our harvest to meet our other needs” – Ramata, female early adopter, Kolonding

“Because I feed myself with it. Especially if I have a good harvest, I keep half for my family and the other half I sell to meet my needs and for family problems” – Mamadou, new male member, Lycounda

“There’s so much importance for me because from a young age to the present – I’m now 50 years old – I have worked in agriculture, so for me it’s important. Also, we feed ourselves with what we grow.” – Abdoulaye, male early adopter, Kolonding

“It’s very important for me. We feed ourselves with what we grow. It’s difficult to get any help and, personally, I don’t have the means, particularly to have all of the tools and materials for agriculture.” – Souleyman, male member, Ndoga Babacar