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Limata Zagre

In the eastern region of Burkina Faso sits the small town of Gayeri. Farmers from Gayeri must trek 80 kilometers to the regional capital of Farda to sell their crops. It is an arduous journey where travelers risk being attacked by thieves, and, all too often it results in little economic gain. Limata Zagré, a […]

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Tindamo Lanoaga

Tindamo Lanoaga  is an entrepreneurial farmer who uses innovative farming techniques in his community of Diamdiara, a village located in the Sahel region of West Africa. He is one of the first farmers to practice farmer-managed natural regeneration of trees (FMNR) in Diamdiara. After learning of FMNR through cross visits and trainings supported by Groundswell […]

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Adjima Dianou

Burkina Faso, like other countries located in the Sahel region of Africa, is experiencing a food crisis due to persistent drought. Almost two million Burkinabe do not have enough to eat, many of them surviving on just one meal per day. Hunger is largely concentrated in rural agricultural areas where subsistence farmers are unable to produce […]

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David Lopez

The village of San Antonio of Las Guarumas, in Honduras, has not always been a united community. Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and much of the poverty is concentrated in rural communities like San Antonio. Farming is one of the main sources of income in rural areas, but many regions […]

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Dona Cristina y los Caracoles

Below is the story of Doña Cristina Osegura as told by Kaitlin Porter, a Groundswell intern working with Vecinos Honduras, our partner organization based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Vecinos Honduras works with families and organizations in rural communities to promote the sustainable use of natural resources, to strengthen local organizations, and to promote agroecological farming and […]

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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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Ramon Alcivar

Poor soils, pests, and seasonal rains made it hard for Ramón Alcívar to grow his crops in Ambuqui, a village in the semi-arid highlands of northern Ecuador. Like many struggling farmers in the area, he drenched his crops with chemical fertilizers and pesticides to try to increase the productivity of his farm. The chemical inputs […]

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Rubila Candela

With an average monthly income of less than $200, it was nearly impossible for Rubila Candela to feed her family healthy food. She relied on frying and lots of butter and cheese to flavor the stale produce she bought from the corner store. This unhealthy diet was contributing to Rubila’s increasing body weight, high blood […]

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Paris Saintilma

We often share stories about Groundswell’s efforts to scale up sustainable agriculture, address technical issues, and strengthen local food systems. While all of this work is critical, it is important to remember that it depends on establishing relationships and building trust with farmers. This story by our colleague Cantave Jean-Baptiste, Director of Partenariat pour le […]

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