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Groundswell Publishes Agroecology Plus Six Case Studies and Policy Notes

Dear Friends, Groundswell International supports farmer-led innovation to strengthen and amplify agroecology. The urgent task in West Africa is to support, assess and document effective strategies, so that millions of people can overcome the daunting challenges of declining soil fertility, food production, and growing malnutrition. We are pleased to share with you the results, lessons […]

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The Agroecology +6 Framework Builds Rapid Resilience in the Sahel

In Africa’s Sahel region, the trifecta of drought, erratic rainfall and degraded lands make farmers particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Groundswell and its partners in West Africa promote resilience strategies for the nearly 12 million small scale farmers in this ecologically fragile and risk prone area. Peter Gubbels, Groundswell’s Director of Action […]

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Women’s Leadership in Agroecology Part 3

In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th and Women’s History Month for the full month of March, we interviewed our Regional Coordinator for West Africa, Fatou Batta on the intersection of women and agroecology. Read the third and final installment of our interview below. Groundswell: If there were more international awareness and money […]

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Women’s Leadership in Agroecology Part 2

In the second installment of our interview with regional coordinator for West Africa, Fatou Batta, we dive deeper into the impact of agroecology on women’s lives. Groundswell: We know that you can’t divorce agroecology from the political and economic context in which it occurs. What political and economic changes in West Africa are important to […]

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Women’s Leadership in Agroecology

Recently, we connected with Fatou Batta, our regional coordinator for West Africa, based in Burkina Faso. With Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day both occurring this month, we wanted to know more about the intersection of women and agroecology from her perspective. Over the next three weeks we will be sharing her insights. Here […]

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Lessons from West Africa: Five Leverage Points

Our dynamic program in West Africa works with partners in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Ghana, who collaborate and exchange to sharpen their strategies to better catalyze community-based and farmer-driven agroecology. With this network in place, we strengthen local initiatives and make agroecology more accessible to family farmers through shared learning. Peter Gubbels, Director for […]

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Lankoande Francois, Re-creating Farmland in Burkina Faso

In 2012, Lankoande Francois’ land in eastern Burkina Faso was barren. He could not produce enough food for his family. Then Groundswell International and our partner organization, Association Nourrir Sans Détruire (ANSD), began to work with Lankoande and other families in the area to improve their farms.  Lankoande and his family tried a number of […]

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Sneak Peek Book Release, Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up

This spring we will be releasing our new book, Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up. The book is edited by Steve Brescia, Executive Director of Groundswell International, and showcases the work we have been supporting with our partners around the world, as well as other allies, to build a food and farming system […]

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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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