Nous Sommes la Solution (NSS)

Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal

In 2011, twelve rural women’s organizations in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, and Senegal came together to declare Nous Sommes la Solution (“We Are the Solution”). Drawing on agricultural practices and knowledge held by their ancestors for generations, the women who formed NSS saw an opportunity to lead by promoting family farming through agro-ecology, bringing the lessons of this work to powerful decision-makers, and promoting better agricultural governance. Today the idea has caught on across the region—gaining the endorsement and participation of rural women’s associations across West Africa. Building on this momentum, NSS proudly advances its vision of an Africa where rural women step into decision-making roles and cultivate, process, sell, and consume the products of family farming while advancing sustainable development.

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