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The Federation obtained fair trade certification from FLO-cert (Max Havelaar) for its 2006 production of organic cotton!


- Enda Tiers-Monde
- Max Havelaar Fr
- Ecocert
- Evaluation 2007 et Programme agricole 2008 de YNW

Version: 1.0
(mai, 2008)

A rural association which stands out from the crowd…

The Yakaar Niani Wulli Federation in Koussanar brings together farmers from Oriental Senegal (Tambacounda region) through activities which support an agro-ecological vision of the development of their lands. ‘Niani’ and ‘Wulli’ are ancient Manding kingdoms, united (‘Yakaar’ means together) in the fight against poverty, through promoting respect for the environment and for local values.

Founded in 1997, with around a hundred organic cotton farmers, the YNW Federation gained the statute of association in March 2005.

It brings together more than 80 villages and almost 2000 farmers, across the 4 arrondissements of the administrative department of Tamba.

For more than 10 years, it has been received the financial and technical support of enda pronat, a Senegalese NGO. With the aims of establishing food security and ensuring different sources of income for families, the Federation has diversified its activities.

The activities of the Federation

  1. Organic agriculture :cotton, fonio, sesame, bissap,indigo
  2. Hand processing cotton : spinning, weaving, sewing and dyeing
  3. Processing fonio : husking and precooking
  4. Protecting genetic heritage : conservation/diffusing local seeds and fighting against the introduction of GM (with partner Kokopelli)
  5. Cereal banks  in the villages
  6. Farmer field schools
  7. Reflection on fair trade: developing a local certification system with other fair trade actors
  8. Marketing its products