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Mr. Ouedraogo’s farm is our classroom

Kombari (smiling on left) and members of the Gayeri women's group

Dear Friends,

I wish you could have been with me as I sat and listened to Kombari Odette and the other members of the Gayeri women’s group sharing their excitement about what they learned during a recent cross visit to Zandoma Province in northern Burkina Faso. Fatou Batta, Groundswell’s Co-Coordinator for West Africa, and 26 participants from 9 villages visited nearly a dozen sites to learn about how to increase food production on their barren land.

Kombari said, “We were amazed at how the women from those communities are growing vegetables on land that is even worse than ours. We now know we can do that as well.”

Another farmer who inspired them was Mr. Ouedraogo, because he is successfully regenerating and farming land that was completely degraded just a few years ago. Mr. Ouedraogo showed cross visit participants how to break through the rock-like surface of the land using techniques called half-moons and horse powered zaï. This allows him to capture and retain rainwater, to add compost, and to increase soil fertility and his crop production.

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Transforming NGO roles to help make food sovereignty a reality (part 8 of 8)

This is the final 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, sixth, and seventh posts. Transforming NGO roles to help make food sovereignty a reality Haiti’s earthquake occurred in a just a […]

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Double your investment in our growing global partnership!

Dear Friends, It’s not just our vegetables that are growing this summer… Groundswell is too! Two Central American NGOs, Vecinos Honduras and FUNDENOR (Guatemala), have both begun the process of becoming partners, and the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD), in Ghana, has submitted a partnership application. All three organizations share Groundswell’s commitment […]

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Advocating policy reform without neglecting crucial practices (part 6 of 8)

This is the sixth 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, and fifth posts. Advocate policy reform without neglecting crucial practices Social movements in Ecuador are powerful and have had notable success in […]

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Building alliances with farmers’ movements (part 5 of 8)

This is the fifth 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, and fourth posts. Building alliances with farmers’ movements Many have criticized NGOs for focusing on technical approaches to supporting agricultural (even agroecological) development […]

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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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Promoting farmer innovation and agroecological production (part 3 of 8)

This is the third post in an eight-part series about how we can transform the roles of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like Groundswell to make food sovereignty a reality. Read the first and second posts. Promoting Farmer Innovation and Agroecological Production For NGOs sincerely intent on transforming rural communities, the starting point must be the people […]

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Strengthening community-led development and food security in rural Ecuador

In January, with financial support from the Mary Tidlund Foundation, Groundswell and Ekorural began the process of strengthening the capacity of community-based organizations in six marginalized rural communities in Ecuador to lead their own development process. The six communities – Tzimbuto-Quincahuán, Santa Ana, Galtes, Unalagua, Chirinche Bajo, and Compañía Baja – are located in fragile […]

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Rethinking and transforming the role of NGOs (part 2 of 8)

This is the second post in an eight-part series about how we can transform the roles of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like Groundswell to make food sovereignty a reality. Read the first post. Rethinking and Transforming the Role of NGOs Many NGOs are doing valuable work, but having worked with NGOs for decades, we are aware […]

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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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