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A member of the women's Salt Producers Association (APROSAL). Many former rice fields that have become too salinized for the cultivation of rice are being transformed into salt producing basins. Salt is traditionally produced by cooking the brine on wood fires, however women's collectives like APROSAL are increasingly using solar methods to produce salt. Solar salt is by far easier for the women to produce in terms of labor as there is no wood to cut, it is sustainable as it does not degrade local forests and it allows them to increase their production to generate additional revenue and compensate them for the loss of rice yields. Capatrice, Guinea Bissau. 12/11/2014.
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Climate Change in West Africa
A member of the women's Salt Producers Association (APROSAL). Many former rice fields that have become too salinized for the cultivation of rice are being transformed into salt producing basins. Salt is traditionally produced by cooking the brine on wood fires, however women's collectives like APROSAL are increasingly using solar methods to produce salt. Solar salt is by far easier for the women to produce in terms of labor as there is no wood to cut, it is sustainable as it does not degrade local forests and it allows them to increase their production to generate additional revenue and compensate them for the loss of rice yields. Capatrice, Guinea Bissau. 12/11/2014.