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Groundswell/Oxfam partnership addresses roots of Mali food crisis

Farms in the Sahel are suffering from increasingly degraded soils and more climate variability.

As we feared when Groundswell first decided to launch the three-year Saving for Change Plus Agriculture (SfC Plus Ag) program in partnership with Oxfam America, every month the rapidly growing food and nutrition crisis in the Sahelian countries of West Africa seems more likely to turn into a full blown famine. In recent weeks Oxfam, […]

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Sahel food crisis reaches tipping point, demands different response

Drought stricken landscape

Without a massive coordinated response from the international community, the rapidly growing food and nutrition crisis in the Sahelian countries of West Africa is likely to turn into a full blown famine. In recent weeks Oxfam, Tear Fund, and other international organizations have issued communiqués estimating that 12 million people face food insecurity, including six […]

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Addressing the silent structural food crisis in the Sahel

Young woman in rural Burkina Faso.

In the Sahelian countries of West Africa, thinking about “food crisis” is framed by the concept of a ‘relief to rehabilitation to development’ continuum. This concept places ‘crisis’ at one end, and ‘normality’ at the other. Although it is changing, this paradigm still dominates the actions of many actors in the Sahel. ‘Crisis’ is still […]

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Buffer food stocks to strengthen food security in West Africa

Traditional sorghum granary in eastern Burkina Faso

Images of famine in Somalia have drawn the world’s attention to the wider issue of food security in Africa. Unfortunately, the concept of “crisis” is still strongly associated with short, acute disasters such as drought and conflict. The unpalatable reality is that a largely silent, on-going, structural food crisis exists in many parts of Africa. […]

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Escaping the Hunger Cycle: Pathways to Resilience in the Sahel

Lacine's son in gliricidia tree nursery in Mali.

In the Sahel, the number of people suffering from chronic food insecurity, high levels of poverty and vulnerability due to drought is increasing. Food crises in the Sahelian region of West Africa can no longer be treated as limited events, caused by occasional hazards like a drought. Food and nutrition insecurity have become long-term, chronic […]

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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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Update on program to improve agricultural production and water management in Central Mali

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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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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