We are the Solution! African rural women say NO to the Green Revolution
Women are the main food producers in Africa, and they are fighting for the right to continue producing food for their families and communities. In February 2011, the campaign “We are the solution: celebrating African family farming” was officially launched at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal. A Food First delegation was present to bear witness to this historic event.
The campaign unites a broad coalition of peasant organizations, farmer federations and NGOs against the Green Revolution and for agroecological, family-based agriculture. Rural women are playing a leading role in shaping and implementing the campaign. The “Dakar Declaration” was issued on Feb. 7, 2011 by the campaign’s Women’s Group, composed of leaders from 12 rural African women’s associations from six West African countries.