As Africa trip nears end, Trudeau visits farm in Senegal helped by Canadian aid
Published Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:02PM EST
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits with farmers in Keri, Senegal on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
KERI, SENEGAL -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting a farm in Senegal's "California" today, seeing first-hand the benefits of some Canadian aid funding.
The Niayes region is feeling the effects of climate change and coastal erosion.
Trudeau is on a farm in Keri, about 50 kilometres outside the capital of Dakar, to witness how $14 million in Canadian aid over the last 10 years helped stimulate vegetable production.
The Program for Land Use and Economic Development of Niayes helped bring water pumps and solar panels.
Surrounded by sand dunes in every direction, the fields of cabbages, onions and tomatoes stand out as colourful patches of lush green against the dusty backdrop.
Trudeau says the initiative has helped bring wealth to a poverty-stricken area and helped make farms more resilient against climate change.