This profile was prepared when Ladji Niangane was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
Ladji Niangane has worked with farming communities along the banks of the Senegal River for more than thirty years. Farmers in the Sahel depend on their connection to this river, and it serves as a measure of greater problems like drought, pollution, and overexploitation. By stressing the importance of this waterway and building up a network of farmers, Ladji has been able to introduce innovations in sustainable irrigation, diversify crops, and improve local incomes and health indices. Today, his integrated network of knowledgeable farmers doesn’t just protect the Senegal River; it works together to respond to increasing threats like climate change.
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