agroecology in West Africa

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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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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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Fatou Batta: African women promoting ecological agriculture and local food alternatives

Today, the 100th International Women’s Day, is the perfect time to honor Fatoumata Batta, Groundswell’s Co-Coordinator for West Africa. Fatou has made immeasurable contributions to the health and wellbeing of women in her native Burkina Faso as well as women-led initiatives across West Africa. Fatou is presently leading a Groundswell program in eastern Burkina Faso […]

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Africa’s Soil Fertility Crisis and the Coming Famine

“In Koboko Village in Malawi in September 2009, some 30 mothers and their children were gathering under a huge shade tree—the traditional site for the village’s meetings. Gradually they squeezed together on an assortment of hand-woven mats and rough-hewn wooden chairs. The village chief and a few of his advisors faced the women, seated next […]

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Mali update from Roland Bunch

Mali is facing a severe soil fertility crisis that must be met with major efforts to support farmers to develop farming methods that will significantly improve their soil fertility at little cost and without displacing their crops.  Population pressures have all but ended the traditional practice of fallowing land that had maintained soil fertility.  Chemical […]

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First step toward achieving food security in eastern Burkina Faso

Earlier this year Groundswell International received a grant to support a participatory planning process with rural community-based organizations in the eastern part of Burkina Faso in order to develop a three-year plan to improve the wellbeing of tens of thousands of rural families and to scale-up proven, people-centered solutions to poverty. Groundswell Co-Coordinator for West […]

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Burkina Faso 3-year action plan under development

During the last week of February, Groundswell’s Co-coordinators for West Africa, Fatou Batta and Peter Gubbels, facilitated a workshop with local organizations in eastern Burkina Faso to develop a three-year action plan. The plan focuses on working with peasant associations and women’s groups to promote and expand agroecological production, improve food security and strengthen local […]

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