Heifer Village Presentation: Drought-Resistant Agriculture in Senegal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (February 7, 2013) – Francis Bouba-Dalambaye, director of Heifer International’s Senegal country program, will speak at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Feb 21, about the organization’s work to promote drought-resistant agriculture in the arid country. Bouba-Dalambaye will speak at Heifer Village in downtown Little Rock about work that has gained the attention of the Senegalese government and other institutions.

Senegal extends into part of the Sahel region, and the northern part of the country has repeatedly experienced extreme drought. To help farmers, Heifer has distributed seed adapted to drought, encouraged customized forage production and introduced breeds of goat, sheep and other animals with genetic resistance to drought.

More than 3,000 families have benefited from animal placements from Heifer Senegal and more than 300 have already Passed on the Gift of their animal’s offspring to other families in need; 600 more families will receive gifts of offspring from their neighbors this year. Families who normally have two to three months of food shortage annually will now have three meals a day all year round.

When: 6-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

Where: Heifer Village (Global Impact Room)
1 World Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201

RSVP: This event is free to the public, but a reservation is requested by calling 501-907-2697.

Bouba-Dalambaye joined Heifer International in July 2007 and was named country director in January 2010. An agricultural engineer and livestock specialist, Bouba-Dalambaye worked at World Vision in Senegal for four years as program manager in the area of Integrated Development Projects, covering initiatives such as education, health & nutrition, HIV/AIDS, hydraulic works and children sponsorship as well as micro-financing. Bouba-Dalambaye holds a bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Bangui in his home country of Central African Republic, and a master’s degree in Agronomy from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agriculture in Senegal.

About Heifer International:
Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org, read our blog, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or call (800) 696-1918.