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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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Pobaadou Lankoande, Transforming Her Life with Agroecology

Pobaadou Lankoande has transformed her life with agroecology. Thanks to the support of our amazing donors, Groundswell International has played a vital role. Pobaadou has her own inspiring story, lifting herself out of poverty. But it goes beyond that. She is a leader, and has spread her success to many other women in surrounding villages […]

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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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Celebrating the Food Sovereignty Prize on World Food Day

On World Food Day this Saturday, two organizations will be recognized by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance for their commitment to promoting food sovereignty. “Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems” […]

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