Official trailer of documentary "The Green Vein - The Agroecologial Renaissance of West Africa"

The trailer of the new documentary "The Green Vein - The Agroecological Renaissance of West Africa" by Sara Baga is now online. The film emerges from the r4d synthesis project Food Systems Caravan which toured through West Africa from Sepember to November 2019. The global premiere of the full film is in Mali on 18 May 2021.

​​​The Green Vein – The Agroecological Renaissance of West Africa

A documentary from Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria by Sara Baga

A new power emerges in the fields, classrooms and urban gardens of West Africa. Sprouting in all corners of the region, the seeds flourish in the hands of innovative farmers, young entrepreneurs and experienced visionaries. Agroecology is changing the face of West Africa’s food systems, and the movement is consolidating and organising across the relatively recent political borders. There are new streams of ideas that are capable of reverting decades of environmental and land degradation. Inspired by the global movement of agroecology and regenerative agriculture, farmers, academics and change agents hold in their hands the seeds of transformation.

A stream of awareness and initiatives flows and grows across West Africa like a powerful green vein fertilising the land.

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From September to November 2019, the r4d Food Systems Caravan toured as a 50 day road show and communication caravan through five countries in West Africa, bringing the main messages of food security research partnership projects to diverse institutions and the general public. It organised events for direct dialogue, linking actors in local and regional networks, promoting knowledge exchanges on food systems sustainability including agroecology, agroforestry, organic farming and gender equality. The documentary “Green Vein” and many other digital products emerged from this unique journey.


A documentary film by Sara Baga. Written by Fernando Sousa and Sara Baga.

Produced by Liquen and Diospyro Films.

Starring Godfrey Namudjo, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Ousmane Konaté, Hamidou Diawara, Fernand Sankara, Jeanne Zoundjihekpon, Renée Jinikun, Isis Noor Yalaagi, Pére et Mére Jah and many more.

Music by Alexandre Louza, Gabriel Pepe, Terrakota, Magupi, Tiken Jah Fakoly.

Cinematography by Sara Baga.

Production by Fernando Sousa and Sara Baga.

Funded by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme).

Languages: French, English. Subtitles: French, English

Global premiere and screenings

The global premiere of the research documentary will take in Bamako, Mali, on 18 May 2021, followed by national premieres in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin, Nigeria, Switzerland and Portugal until the end of 2021. The online release of the documentary is planned for 2022.

Additional screenings can be arranged upon request. Please contact in case you would like to organise film screenings with your own target audiences.

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