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Grants Awarded | Niger River Basin

Coalition for the Protection of African Genetic Heritage (COPAGEN)
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

COPAGEN was formed in 2004 by a group of nine national coalitions in nine West African countries as a civil movement. Its mission is to work for the preservation of Africa’s genetic heritage and for the sustainable use of Africa’s biological resources. Its advocacy activities address the patenting and genetic manipulation of living organisms, farmland grabs in Africa, the production of agro-fuels, and the endangerment of genetic heritage that has been protected by local rural communities for centuries. COPAGEN supports independent scientific research that promotes both local biological resources and traditional knowledge in the interests of small-scale farmers and consumers in Africa.

2013$42,9001 year
This grant supports COPAGEN to provide technical support to 12 rural women’s organizations to produce, multiply, process, and market local seeds and crops, particularly yellow yams, fonio, sesame, and niébé. The grant strengthens networking between rural women’s organizations, facilitates the exchange of information and knowledge among women who cultivate and process local food products, and increases their status as advocates for rural women’s rights.
2013$46,845 1 year
This grant builds on a grant awarded to COPAGEN by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to conduct action-research on the process and impacts of large-scale land acquisitions in West Africa. With New Field’s additional grant, a gendered analysis of land grabs will be included in the research in order to enhance the voice, perspective, and visibility of rural women regarding land ownership and sovereignty.
2012$33,4701 year
With this grant, COPAGEN documents and disseminates rural women’s knowledge and experience of crop cultivation, organizes activities for rural women to promote their agricultural products, and supports rural women from Burkina Faso, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire to create and manage permanent spaces for the exchange of knowledge and seeds.
2011$45,5601 year
This grant supports local-language media to promote rural women’s indigenous practices and skills in agro-biodiversity in Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire.

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