HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Employment and income» in Senegal
Senegal's rural dwellers face dwindling prospects of leading a life with sufficient income. Among the reasons why many smallholder and cattle-rearing families can no longer make ends meet are undersized plots of land, soil erosion, lack of rain, as well as insufficient production resources. For some years now their plight has been compounded by land speculation and land grabbing by investors. Smallholder families without official land titles risk losing their land. The living space for cattle-rearing families and their herds is also under threat from what is known as the «agricultural front». HEKS/EPER and local partner organizations support smallholder and cattle-rearing families in Senegal in building a stable livelihood for themselves.
Some 126 000 people obtained access rights to 87 000 hectares of land in 2020. More than two-thirds of the small farmers being supported succeeded in boosting their incomes by using appropriate production techniques and being able to ask higher prices thanks to better knowledge of the market.
Agriculture and small businesses are the basis of employment and income in rural areas. HEKS/EPER specifically promotes products and businesses that are profitable for the local population. Of pivotal importance here are good professional training and people's ability to run their businesses successfully or to survive on the open labour market. HEKS/EPER therefore teams up with authorities, business people and the private sector to organize basic and advanced training programmes. HEKS/EPER also militates for fair working conditions and wages.
Cambodia Country Programme
Food security and autonomy
In Cambodia, HEKS/EPER supports rural community development projects being run by local partner organizations.
Senegal Country Programme
Livelihoods for small farmers and cattle rearers
HEKS/EPER supports people in Senegal in securing access to land, in sustainably managing natural resources and in tapping new sources of income.
Bangladesh Country Programme
Combatting poverty – empowering minorities
Millions of people live in extreme poverty in Bangladesh. HEKS/EPER supports the social and economic integration of marginalized minorities.