Transhumant pastoralist in Senegal.
Peter Shapland, Feed the Future Innovation Lab researcher and R4D Specialist on the
CCPRL Project, spent the entire month of January traveling between Senegal and Mali to follow up on the many ongoing facets of the project.
Before Shapland could get busy working on his own project, he spent some time helping LCCCRSP Director Dick Bowen organize and implement the TIRI Conference in, Thiès, Senegal. Shapland booked the venue, organized the meals and got important conference details to the participants. Finally, he gave a thirty minute presentation.
Next, Shapland went to Dakar, Senegal to help Sarah McKune organize and implement a two-day training. The training covered qualitative research methods, nutrition trainer training, methods for leading a gender focus group, and methods for conducting a climate change workshop in local communities. Participants included three AVSF Center field technicians and one field technician from another NGO partner, The Association Nationale pour la Promotion de l’Elevage au Senegal (ANAPES). Training is a huge part of capacity building, one of the primary focus’ of all CRSP projects.
Shapland spent the final third of January in Linguere, Sengal to work with Ely Paul Biagui, AVSF’s Coordinator for the Centers of Information. Together, they planned upcoming workshops and questions to ask during focus groups. Here, he met Moussa Sangaré, the Inspecteur Départemental of l’Elevage (Governmental Livestock Extension Center) in Linguére, who agreed to take 25 Travel Diaries and disperse them to transhumant herders. From there, he went to Velingara, where he recovered two completed travel diaries. Six more herders with diaries still need to be tracked down, and twelve more blank diaries were given out to literate herders who agreed to participate in the program. These diaries will give Shapland crucial first hand information that will help determine the most effective steps to take moving forward. Finally, with January coming to a close, Shapland made one last stop in Nioro du Sahel, Mali to work with the staff of CEPAP on our upcoming activities and train more field technicians. The Director of CEPAP, Ibrahim Barry, and Shapland also had a chance to discuss mapping resources that our researchers can develop for his community meetings.
LCCCRSP projects often require hands on activities, but a large part of making each project successful is dedication to planning, organizing, and meeting with local pastoralists, officials, and other NGO’s or stakeholders. Making these efforts is an often overlooked and extremely important part of making a real difference in the lives of pastoralists.