Thousand Currents partner Nous Sommes la Solution (NSS, We are the Solution) is an ecofeminist movement of more than 500 rural women’s associations in Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, and Mali. The movement promotes sustainable agroecology and fights large-scale industrial farming.
Image courtesy: Ricci Shryock, The Guardian.

“It’s the Indigenous knowledge and the practices that have always supported food sovereignty and this knowhow is in the hands of the women … Ecofeminism for me is the respect for all that we have around us.” – Mariama Sonko, NSS.

Global Greengrants Fund partner Coordinadora de Asociaciones y Comunidades para el Desarrollo Integral del Pueblo Ch’orti’ (COMUNDICH, Coordinator of Associations and Communities for Holistic Ch’orti’ Mayan Development) is transforming deep-rooted fear of Indigenous Ch’orti’ identity into pride, unity and strength while reclaiming ancestral lands in Guatemala.
Image courtesy: COMUNDICH.

In eastern Guatemala, Comundich is “in the eye of the hurricane,” according to Silvel Elías, an agricultural development professor at Guatemala’s University of San Carlos. “They’re fearless,” said Elías, who consults with international grant-makers and works with community groups across Guatemala. He said that the organisation is one of the most effective in the country due to its low overheads, its commitment to long-term planning and women’s leadership, and the enormous trust it built with communities by involving them in decision-making.

Grassroots International partner Mouvman Peyizan Papaye (MPP, Peasant Movement of Papaye) has been working at the intersection of agrarian and environmental issues since 1973. It is transforming the Haitian food system into an engine for economic development, social justice, and ecological resilience.
Image courtesy: Grassroots International.

In nature everything is connected to one other. To disturb one is to disturb all.” – Jean-Baptiste Chavannes, founder of the MPP.

A local approach is better because it creates direct employment, values local knowledge, skills, and resources. Locals living in the territory will be more involved because they know the severity of the problem better than those who come from outside.” – Jusléne Tyresias, MPP’s Program Director.

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