Equity & Women's Empowerment

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Celebrating Opportunities for Women

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2013, our Community Outreach Coordinator, Cristina Hall, wrote an article about some of the actions Groundswell is taking every day in support of social equality and women’s empowerment. Groundswell believes that social equity is critical to building healthy, resilient communities. As a woman and an advocate for social equity, I […]

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Improving household livelihoods in Burkina Faso

Like the other countries in the Sahel, Burkina Faso is facing a food crisis and widespread hunger. Almost two million Burkinabe do not have enough to eat. Much of this hunger is concentrated in rural areas, where many communities suffer from chronic food insecurity despite the fact that they are farmers. Erratic rains and poor […]

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Improving agricultural production and food security in Ghana

Since 2010, Groundswell International and the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) have worked together to spread agro-ecological farming to improve food security among the rural population of the Lawra District in the Upper West region of Ghana.  To achieve this, during the past year Groundswell and CIKOD have focused on improving cooperation […]

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Elena Tenelema

“I dreamed of being a leader in my community since I was 16 years old,” said Elena Tenelema. She lives in the tiny village of Tzimbuto located in the central Ecuadorian highlands about 10 miles from the city of Riobamba. Elena is currently serving as the President of New Generation Association, an organization she helped […]

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Progress report on agroecology, saving and credit program in Ghana

In July 2011, The Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) joined Groundswell International’s global partnership, and in September CIKOD and Groundswell launched a program to promote agro-ecology, women’s savings and credit and related activities in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Among the first activities was an exchange visit organized between women leaders […]

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Momentum… keep it going in 2012

Dear Friends, Like Cilianna Mars in La Victoire, Haiti, who leads work in her community to improve health through disease prevention and the production of natural medicines, we are happy with our progress and greatly appreciate your support. We have incredible momentum going into 2012. Last week we received a $30,000 grant from the Mary […]

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Women farmers lead the way in Burkina Faso

Women in eastern Burkina Faso using new well to water vegetable garden.

Nearly a year has passed since field work began in Burkina Faso. The results have been incredible! Here are just a few of the many achievements: 397 farmers, including 159 women, from 19 villages participated in awareness raising sessions on assisted natural regeneration (ANR). 73 farmers applied ANR techniques on their farms. 257 women participated […]

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Women Farmers Feed the World

Woman in Burkina Faso picking vegetables from her garden.

In West Africa, women’s resistance to the new Green Revolution shows that the question of agricultural sustainability is also a question of equality. It’s harvest season in Burkina Faso. Throughout the West African nation’s rural regions, small farmers—mostly women—are harvesting millet, rice, and sorghum to feed large families. After a full day gathering grains, each […]

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Progress in Promoting Ecological Agriculture and Food Security in Eastern Burkina Faso

Fatou Batta, Groundswell's Co-Coordinator for West Africa

Between January and May 2010, Fatou Batta, Groundswell’s Co-Coordinator for West Africa, organized a series of planning workshops that brought together representatives of a number of government agencies, non-governmental and community-based organizations working in the field of agroecology to define a shared vision to improve the food security and wellbeing of tens of thousands of […]

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Update on Groundswell / Oxfam Saving for Change Plus Agriculture Program in Mali, West Africa

In August 2010, Groundswell launched a three year program – Saving for Change Plus Agriculture (SfC Plus Ag) – in partnership with Oxfam America. It responds to requests for agriculture training by many of the 350,000 women in Oxfam’s Saving for Change community finance groups across Mali. They wanted to learn how to solve their […]

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