The Guardian reports: 

“Mariama Sonko is an unstoppable force who continued her work even when she was ostracized by her community in Senegal… Sonko states: “We promote agroecology and food sovereignty in Africa. Women are invaluable actors for the development of the rural areas,” she says. “We want to valorize this tireless work of women who are concerned about the environment and the health of their families. They have always worked in agriculture, and they do not use the products that ruin the ecosystem nor the health of humans. Indigenous knowledge and practices have always supported food sovereignty, and this knowhow is in the hands of the women.”

In Senegal, Mariama’s network is made up of nearly 10,000 women in more than 100 local associations across the south.

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