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What Do We Valorize?: Alpha Ousmane Toure Turns Pollution into Opportunity


Dr. Alpha Ousmane Toure smiling for the camera
Dr. Alpha Ousmane Toure

Agriculture occupies over 60 percent of the workforce in Senegal and accounted for 16 percent of its GDP in 2021, but a chemical byproduct from one subsector, crop production, is undermining the productivity of another, artisanal fishing, threatening to kneecap an economy already laden with debts, agitated by civil unrest, and dependent on imports to feed its own people.

 

Chemical engineer Dr. Alpha Ousmane Toure believes that he can alter these dynamics and restore the hopeful national zeitgeist into which he came of age.

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