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Taking advantage of new opportunities: health, urban-rural linkages, and climate change (part 7 of 8)

This is the seventh post in an eight-part series about how we can transform the roles of non-governmental organizations like Groundswell to make food sovereignty a reality. Read the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth posts. Taking advantage of new opportunities: health, urban-rural linkages, and climate change “In rural Burkina,” says Fatou Batta, “we […]

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Expanding territory for agroecology (part 4 of 8)

This is the fourth post in an eight-part series about how we can transform the roles of non-governmental organizations like Groundswell to make food sovereignty a reality. Read the first, second and third posts. Expanding territory for agroecology Bern Guri says that in Ghana, “isolated examples of small scale farmer agro-ecological production exist, but the […]

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Fatou Batta: food solutions by and for people and the planet

On April 1st and 2nd, Fatou Batta, Groundswell’s Co-Coordinator for West Africa, participated as a panelist at a session on Food Solutions at the Pacific Northwest Funders Conference in Seattle. Fatou’s presentation, titled “Food Solutions by and for People and the Planet”, was extremely well received by conference attendees. Please take a few moments to […]

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Fatou Batta: African women promoting ecological agriculture and local food alternatives

Today, the 100th International Women’s Day, is the perfect time to honor Fatoumata Batta, Groundswell’s Co-Coordinator for West Africa. Fatou has made immeasurable contributions to the health and wellbeing of women in her native Burkina Faso as well as women-led initiatives across West Africa. Fatou is presently leading a Groundswell program in eastern Burkina Faso […]

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Groundswell leads process to develop a methodological guide for strengthening Endogenous Development in Africa

Rural communities in developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America have pursued their local processes of development and survived, indeed often thrived, since time immemorial. They achieved this without the advice of outside experts and without depending on major flows of external inputs.  Rural people acquired sophisticated indigenous knowledge and created vibrant cultures. Over […]

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First step toward achieving food security in eastern Burkina Faso

Earlier this year Groundswell International received a grant to support a participatory planning process with rural community-based organizations in the eastern part of Burkina Faso in order to develop a three-year plan to improve the wellbeing of tens of thousands of rural families and to scale-up proven, people-centered solutions to poverty. Groundswell Co-Coordinator for West […]

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Burkina Faso 3-year action plan under development

During the last week of February, Groundswell’s Co-coordinators for West Africa, Fatou Batta and Peter Gubbels, facilitated a workshop with local organizations in eastern Burkina Faso to develop a three-year action plan. The plan focuses on working with peasant associations and women’s groups to promote and expand agroecological production, improve food security and strengthen local […]

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