The salt industry could provide local people with a climate resilient alternative income to agriculture – but much needs to be improved, reports El Pais

In Senegal’s central Kaffrine region, stretches of the national highway cut through vast salt ponds. Yet the salt industry – which could help local people earn more and cope with worsening climate pressures – is little developed, experts say.

“At the artisanal level, you have men harvesting with no gloves, no boots,” said Cheikh Tidiane Sall of Innovations Environnement Développement (IED) Afrique, a group working on sustainable development. “Inadequate storage bags are used and the salt contaminates the soil.”

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Source: Guardian Environment