A Novel Solution to Land Tenure Issues for Women at Root of West Africa’s Food Insecurity
Boulder-based Agile International announces the final phase of its crowdfunding campaign to raise $6,000 for farming projects in Mali.
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Agile International announces the final phase of its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com to raise $6,000 in infrastructure funds to begin projects that will make a giant leap in improving the balance of power – and the economic self-sufficiency – of women in Mali. Agile (Action to Generate and Integrate the Local Economy) International, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in Boulder, Colorado by a Malian native woman, has a vision to create positive developments in nations that have been negatively affected by structural, international, and climatic forces. Its purpose is to return West Africa to food abundance by empowering local women farmers and restoring the cultural wisdom that underlies traditional sustainable agriculture. Its program provides seeds, tools, land, and education for the women of Mali to grow sustainable organic crops. The funds from this campaign will be used to purchase land, fencing, seed, farm equipment, to dig new wells for water and to provide training to future farmers.
An integral part of the program involves bringing graduate student interns from Colorado State University to Mali to teach modern organic farming methods, document the progress the women make, and develop an agribusiness model that will be used in other areas of West Africa.