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Overcoming Food Insecurity in Burkina Faso

For as long as Kiribamba Pokouma can remember, her family of six has regularly faced food insecurity due to scarce rainfall and the resulting poor harvests in eastern Burkina Faso. Kiribamba began vegetable gardening during the dryseason as a way of coping with this food insecurity and supporting her family. “I prefer market gardening to […]

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Farmer Innovation in Burkina Faso: Using Shea Butter as a Natural Fertilizer

Mariam Ouango is a 57-year-old farmer and mother of six who lives in the village of Tibga in Burkina Faso. Mariam earns her livelihood from farming, animal breeding, and transforming non-timber forest products into value-added products like Shea butter. Over the years, Mariam has participated in a number of trainings such as soap processing, cowpea production, savings […]

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Joseph Baptiste

Ivoire is a small, rural village in the Chaine des Matheux mountain range in West Haiti. The region is known for poor road access—it takes two hours by foot to reach Ivoire from the nearest town at the bottom of the mountain. Subsistence farming is the way of life for families in Ivoire, but the […]

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Lilian Rocio Quingaluisa

2014 was declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) to draw attention to the 2.5 billion family famers who produce over 70% of the world’s food. Family farmers are intricately linked with the social, economic and ecological health of their communities, and their success and well-being is critical in […]

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Sita Pandit

Sita Pandit is a farmer who lives in the Sindhupalchowk District of Nepal, a poorly developed area in the north central region of the country bordering Tibet. Residents of this region depend almost entirely on agriculture for their livelihood, but the mountainous terrain has poor quality soil and crop yields tend to be low. Five […]

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Souobou Tiguidanla

Harsh periods of drought in Burkina Faso during the past several years motivated Souobou Tiguidanla, a 40 year old farmer from the village of Toumbenga in Gayeri, to look for ways grow more food for his family. In 2010 and 2011 he had to buy food during the “lean” season, a season of little or […]

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Rene Lucero: Our Family Farm

The following post was written by Groundswell co-founder Rene Lucero, who lives in the Philippines and has been involved with local NGOs doing agricultural and community health outreach for over 20 years. Rene is currently helping to coordinate Groundswell’s pilot project in the Philippines, working with the Mag-uugmad Foundation to support family farmers on the […]

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The People’s Park

One of Groundswell’s guiding principles is to support farmers teaching farmers and peers teaching peers. And we love sharing stories of people we see as farmer heroes, inspiring people who are leading change in their communities. Ed Naylor, a Groundswell supporter and former Board member, is one of these heroes. Ed spent most of his […]

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