agroecological farming in Burkina Faso

West Africa Visit in Photos

Two members of our coordination team recently returned from a trip to West Africa to meet with our colleagues and partners, and the farmers we work with to build a healthier and more equitable food system from the ground up. Their trip led them to a Groundswell regional conference in Ghana where our partners from […]

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The Renewal of Time, Burkina Faso

To great chagrin, Nicholas Sarkozy addressed Senegal in 2007 as follows: “The tragedy of Africa is that the African has not entered fully into history…. They have never really launched themselves into the future.” According to Sarkozy, the African peasant knows only “the eternal renewal of time,” a knowledge by which “there is neither room […]

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Documentary: Can the Solutions to Climate Change Help Us Fix Poverty Too?

This post is the third in the series “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference”.  We are excited to share a new documentary with you from Earthrise that focuses on how the solutions for climate change – including agroecology – can also help end extreme poverty. At the end of October, our colleagues in Burkina Faso […]

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Overcoming Food Insecurity in Burkina Faso

For as long as Kiribamba Pokouma can remember, her family of six has regularly faced food insecurity due to scarce rainfall and the resulting poor harvests in eastern Burkina Faso. Kiribamba began vegetable gardening during the dryseason as a way of coping with this food insecurity and supporting her family. “I prefer market gardening to […]

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Groundswell International selected as a finalist for the Global Resilience Challenge

Groundswell International was recently notified by the Global Resilience Partnership, an initiative spearheaded by The Rockefeller Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, that we have been selected as a finalist in the Global Resilience Challenge. The partnership is looking to build resilience to acute shocks and chronic […]

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Farmer Innovation in Burkina Faso: Using Shea Butter as a Natural Fertilizer

Mariam Ouango is a 57-year-old farmer and mother of six who lives in the village of Tibga in Burkina Faso. Mariam earns her livelihood from farming, animal breeding, and transforming non-timber forest products into value-added products like Shea butter. Over the years, Mariam has participated in a number of trainings such as soap processing, cowpea production, savings […]

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Souobou Tiguidanla

Harsh periods of drought in Burkina Faso during the past several years motivated Souobou Tiguidanla, a 40 year old farmer from the village of Toumbenga in Gayeri, to look for ways grow more food for his family. In 2010 and 2011 he had to buy food during the “lean” season, a season of little or […]

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Steve’s Field Notes: West Africa & Haiti

Dear Friends, Groundswell is about catalyzing change – not just implementing short-term projects. When Groundswell was established in 2009, we made the intentional choice to create a partnership of rooted local organizations led by visionary people. We believe that the creativity and initiative of our partners around the world will strengthen and shape our global […]

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Advocating for Agroecology in West Africa

Steve Brescia, Groundswell International’s Executive Director, is currently in Burkina Faso for the second workshop of a two-year regional project to scale agroecology in West Africa funded by the New Venture Fund’s International Fund to Amplify Agro-Ecological Solutions (IFAAES). The project builds on Groundswell’s work strengthening family farmers and farmers’ organizations in Burkina Faso, Ghana, […]

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