Dodji

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Dodji
Town
Dodji is located in Senegal
Dodji
Dodji
Coordinates: 15°31′N 14°56′W / 15.517°N 14.933°W / 15.517; -14.933
Country  Senegal
Region Louga Region
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Dodji is a town in north central Senegal. with a 2007 estimated population of 8,281.[1][2] It is in the Louga Region, Linguère Department, and the Dodji Arrondissement, which consists of the communauté rurales of Dodji, Labgar, and Ouarkhokh. Though a separate administrative unit, Dodji falls under the Commune of Dahra - Linguère. As of 2007, Dodji's highest administrative official, (Président de Communauté Rurale) is Math Coueladio Ba, formerly of the Senegalese Socialist Party, now allied to the ruling PDS.[3]

Dodji Airport is a 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) long sand landing strip.

History[edit]

Dodji Arrondissement (orange) in Linguère Department.

Dodji is situated in a semi-arid savanna zone, with few permanent settlements until the decades before the Second World War. The town was founded by young Wolof members of the Mouride brotherhood. Many previously uninhabited areas in eastern Senegal were settled and communities established as part of the movement's drive to find land and livelihood for Senegal's population.[4] Dodji's isolation is evinced by the deportation of strike leaders from Dakar to the town after a general strike called by the Dakar branch of the Union Nationale des Travailleurs du Sénégal (UNTS) in May 1963.[5] The area around Dodji, historically very sparsely populated, has also been used by the French military as a live fire training ground.[6]

Development[edit]

The town receives 250–300 millimetres (10–12 in) of rainfall annually, so most agriculture is limited to pastoralism, although peanut cultivation, predominating in the west, has been transplanted here.[7] Cattle herding has been plagued by drought and problems with access to silage in the region, although the later problem appears less severe in Dodji.[8] Attempts to aid farming have come domestically and internationally, as well as from local organizations such as the Association pour le Développement de Dodji et Yang-Yang (ADYD).[9] The national government has recently completed a 5 km by 10 km, 15 billion liter[10] reservoir for local farmers,[11] and a number of international food security projects use Dodji as a local base.[12] The entire region has also been plagued by dry season fires in recent years.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2003–2005 Demographic reports are available online from See the reports at AGENCE NATIONALE DE LA STATISTIQUE ET DE LA DEMOGRAPHIE, RÉPUBLIQUE DU SÉNÉGAL,LOUGA2005, Economics and society, 2005, Economics and society, 2004. Recensement Général de la Population et de l’Habitat(RGPH-III) réalisé en décembre 2002, la population de la région de Louga.
    • ARRONDISSEMENT DE DODJI
      • Area: 2451 km2
      • 2005 population: 28141
      • 2004 population: 27372
      • 2003 population: 26273
    • COMMUNAUTE RURAL DE DODJI
      • 2005 population: 8050
      • 2004 population: 7830
      • 2003 population: 7516
    Recensement Général de la Population et de l’Habitat(RGPH-III-1) Resultats Provisoires also includes population projections for every community in Senegal yearly through 2015.
  2. ^ FEWS Senegal Monthly Food Security Update Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Mar 2007 - 2006/07 ag season ends in average production.
  3. ^ Union des Associations d’ Elus Locaux (UAEL): Liste des Présidents de Communautés Rurales Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine..
    POUR UNE SOLUTION D’APAISEMENT DE LA SITUATION SCOLAIRE : ... l’Urd plaide pour la correction des copies[dead link]. Le Soleil, n/d (2006?)
  4. ^ G. ROCHETBAU. PIONNIERS MOURIDES AU SÉNÉGAL: COLONISATION DES TERRES NEUVES ET TRANSFORMATIONS D'UNE ÉCONOMIE PAYSANNE. in the Cahiers ORSTOM, sér. Sci. Hum, vol. XII, no 1 - 1975 : 19-53.
  5. ^ l'Histoire du Mouvement Syndical, Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs du Sénégal Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine..
  6. ^ Fier et fort, le 23e Bataillon d'Infanterie de Marine grogne et mord... senegalaisement.com. Fédération Nationale des Anciens des Missions Extérieures. Dodji : une campagne de tir chaude et enrichissante.
  7. ^ Commercialisation des semences : Bon déroulement des opérations Archived October 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. Le Soliel, 2006, noting local farming coops refused to buy into newer peanut cultivation schemes because of the quality of peanuts.
  8. ^ Rapport 2002-2002 ROSELT-Senegal[permanent dead link]: Réseau d'Observatoires de Surveillance Ecologique à long Terme (ROSELT) a program of the Unesco funded Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS). Detailed study of pastoralists land usage in the region.
  9. ^ PAPEL (Projet d'appui à l'élevage), ministère de l'Agriculture et de l'Elevage du Sénégal Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine..
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2007-09-06. . Le Soliel, 2006. At, 15 thousand Million (north American Billion) liters, it is the largest artificial lake in Senegal, and closely associated with President Abdoulaye Wade and his PDS, who pushed to have it built in 1998.
  11. ^ L’impact des milliards de Wade[permanent dead link][permanent dead link]. Mody NIANG at djolof.net 16 August 2006.
    Macky Sall dans le Jolof : L’opération sauvegarde du bétail lancée[permanent dead link]. Le Soliel, s/d (2006?)
  12. ^ The Hunger Project: Dodji as Regional Epicenter Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine..
  13. ^ Suivi des feux de brousse au Sénégal (2005-2006). Centre de Suivi Ecologique, Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Protection de la Nature Archived July 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine..

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Coordinates: 15°31′N 14°56′W / 15.517°N 14.933°W / 15.517; -14.933