“Appropriate Technology”: Social innovation to promote agroecology

In Senegal, a local social innovation – the solidarity calabash – has been adapted to stimulate and support site-appropriate innovation in agroecology in an inclusive and sustainable way. The solidarity calabash is a voluntary savings systems managed by community members based on the principle of mutual support. Rural women are now using this as a tool to mobilise local capital for group members’ activities related to agroecology: farmer-led experimentation, innovation, mutual learning, accessing natural inputs and fair marketing. A 4-page article about the solidarity calabash for agroecology has been published in the September issue of the UK-based magazine Appropriate Technology.

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