Mariam Gnire Ouattara
Mariam Gnire Ouattara is the leader of the Slow Food Chigata convivium in the Korhogo region of the Ivory Coast. Since 2006, she has been leading women in the village of N’Ganon to organize a women’s farming co-operative with the goal of providing quality local food in schools. Determined to provide local produce to children, increase women’s productivity, and prevent corporations from monopolizing the market with low-standard products, Ouattara partnered with Slow Food International to establish the co-op, which produces rice, white beans, groundnuts, and a wide variety of vegetables. Ouattara and other leaders of the co-op have helped other villages, such as Nangounkaha, to replicate the project.
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