The We Are The Solution (NSS) movement was launched in 2011 by twelve rural women's organizations from Burkina Faso (2 organizations), Ghana (2), Guinea (2), Mali (3) and Senegal ( 3), under the leadership of their leaders. More than 500 Rural Women's Associations (AFR) have joined since then and the movement has 175,000 members and supporters across West Africa. Created as an expression of women's rights.
THE KEY MESSAGES OF «WE ARE THE SOLUTION»
«We women feed the world with our arms
The members of We Are the Solution affirm that with their greater involvement in agriculture, better access to resources, including information, training, investment and equipment, rural women, through their work, can be capable of feeding the world.
«Let's produce what we consume and
consume what we produce.»
West African countries obtain good harvests which they export and in turn, buy relatively more expensive and often poor quality imported food. The costs of this exchange are enormous for families in terms of culinary wealth, money and health.
«Let's preserve peasant seed and develop
Seeds are the first element of the food production system. The imperative to diversify peasant seeds and their natural adaptation to climate change should encourage every effort for their preservation. It is inadmissble that the ownership of seeds be privatized and handled by anyone.
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LES ENGAGEMENTS DE «NOUS SOMMES LA SOLUTION»
- The adherence to food sovereignty, which is the right of any community to decide freely and autonomously on its production and food system.
- The promotion of family farming, which uses the family as the first labour force to produce what members need first and foremost. It is in harmony with nature and provides a framework for education and job creation through family farms.
- The concern for farmers seeds, selected in during the harvest period in keeping with the acendogenous processes that scientific research must support. Highly resilient and productive in agro-ecologically based agricultural systems, peasant seeds enhance exchanges among farmers and expand biodiversity, which is the basis of our food systems.
- The promotion of biodiversity in order conserve and enhance the variety and diversity of the living world.
A biodiversidade reconhece a complementaridade entre os elementos da natureza, garantia de um desenvolvimento sustentável.
- The practice of agro-ecology, a holistic system that promotes healthy ecosystems, is based on functional cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of agrochemical and synthetic inputs.
- Demanding equitable access to resources as an opportunity for each person to have equal access to agricultural resources according to their needs while integrating the gender parameters.
- The demand for participatory governance, order to enhance an effective and conscious participation of farmers organizations and families in the definition, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of agricultural policies.