The cashew for sustainable mangrove management development project in Sokone city, Fatick region (centre Senegal), has been launched on 12th and 13th, June 2014 in the said city. Funded by MFS II Ecosystem Alliance Program, Wetlands International and its partners, the project aims to promote quality cashew products while promoting the rehabilitation of degraded mangrove areas in this part of the Saloum Delta.
It is a great relief for the populations of Sokone. The cashew development project for sustainable management of mangrove in Sokone city has been officially launched on June 13th, 2014 in the grounds of the municipal offices of the city after several months in the making.
Wetlands International and its partners IUCN Netherlands and Both Ends, under the Ecosystem Alliance program, want to achieve the production of Sokone cashew products brand, with the quality label ''Made in Djuinguily‘’. The targets are directly involved in the cashew value chain composed of producers and processors including women's groups, local populations of mangrove areas, as well as technical services and the municipality.
Waly Mbodji, 2nd deputy Mayor of Sokone thanked Wetlands International and its partners who have chosen the capital of Niombato to house such a project ''which, for sure, will revolutionize the cashew sector.'' He urged the beneficiaries to endeavor to meet the expectations and strengthen the donors’ confidence.
''The time out was certainly long since the first meeting held in St. Louis, many of us had even lost faith in it; but the Project has now become a reality'' says Mamadou Thiam, project Coordinator.
This project will kill two birds with one stone: valuing cashew which has become an important ecosystem item in the resort but this will specifically help to rehabilitate degraded mangrove areas in Sokone and its hinterland. '' This is possible and we will work hand in hand for a win win partnership for all actors. We append a high significance to mangroves as they need sustainable management'' said Pape Mawade Wade, Programs Coordinator at Wetlands International Africa.
The project aims to train actors in the cashew industry on technical monitoring, protection and reforestation of mangroves, to establish an Association of Friends of the mangrove, to promote assisted regeneration of 50 hectares and reforest 10 ha of mangroves.
Ultimately, this Cashew development project for sustainable management of mangroves in the area of Sokone will contribute to a better management of cashew farms while at the end, the economic impact of cashew will be valued in the local economy. Besides, a plan for technical and agroforestry response will be established for Sokone and its immediate periphery.
Mr. Ousmane Diawara, Mrs. Yandé Sarr and Mama Guéye, representing the cashew producers and processors women, expressed the commitment of cashew actors in the reforestation of important mangrove areas
Training sessions are planned including techniques on mangrove reforestation in August 2014.
An important part of communication is provided with radio broadcasts programs and popular entertainment in the six (6) districts of the municipality of Sokone for awareness.
The cashew development project for sustainable management of mangrove area Sokone ends in June 2015. It is estimated at fifty one (51) million FCFA.