Land Degradation, Faith-Based Organizations, and Sustainability in Senegal

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Abstract

Over the past one hundred years, Senegal has experienced repeated droughts and shifting economic and agricultural policies that have contributed to long-term land degradation in a once-productive agricultural region. Faith-based organizations have become prominent in community-level projects that are working to rebuild Senegal's rural agriculture and work toward environmental sustainability. Through ethnographic interviews with religious leaders and project managers, this article highlights Muslim, Catholic, and Protestant organizations that are involved in environmental and economic development efforts across central Senegal. Local faith-based organizations are effective in this work because they are integral parts of communities, they share communities' faith-based motivations for development work, and they have long-term strategies for sustainability that involve individuals, communities, and their natural environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-124
Number of pages13
JournalCulture, Agriculture, Food and Environment
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

Keywords

  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Land degradation
  • Senegal
  • Sustainability

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