Groundswell International and our partner organizations in West Africa (ANSD in Burkina Faso; Sahel Eco in Mali; and Agrecol Afrique in Senegal) implemented our “Agroecology Plus Six” (AE+6) program from 2016-2017. The two year initiative was a “proof of concept” to spread agroecological practices across the Sahelian region, meant to generate practical strategies and lessons that could be applied to building the resilience of an estimated 12 million small-scale farmers in the drylands caught in a trap of hunger and indebtedness. The underlying premise is that progressive, agroecological intensification is essential to resilience in the drylands, while conventional agriculture is worsening negative trends. Yet agroecology requires complementary (+6) strategies to build resilience by promoting equity for vulnerable groups (women, children, poorer households); addressing gender inequality; improving governance; and ensuring links to improved nutrition. We share here four Case Studies and Policy Notes documenting lessons from this work. We hope these may be useful to a wide array of actors working to improve human wellbeing in the Sahel. Groundswell International and local partners and allies continue to build upon and spread these strategies.
The AE+6 program was supported by a grant of $1 million over two years from the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), an joint initiative of USAID, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
Final Evaluation Report
- Equity Policy Notes
- Local Governance Policy Notes
- Nutrition Policy Notes
- Women Empowerment Policy Notes