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"The Centre Songhai is principally involved in agricultural training, research, and production for sustainable livelihood in Africa. Founded by Father Godfrey Nzamujo, a Dominican priest, in 1985, the Center has been managed by Africans since then. The Center's aim is to create the conditions for improving the lives of Africans, the great majority of whom live in rural areas." [from the Songhai website]

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Africa's arsenal: the sustainable village

Article Songhai Village

Masanobu Fukuoka on Natural Farming - what a beautiful farmer. He has a lot to teach us in building sustainable gardens and is the author of The One Straw Revolution

Article about Masanobu Fukuoka

Applying natural farming techniques in Africa an interview with Masanobu Fukuoka, by Robert and Diane Gilman

There are so many scholars in our community that have tried to warn us and discuss the fact that society as it is – is not forever and that it will go through many phases of decline and our reality and direction will have to change. We are not in a comfort zone – and living an American Dream, this is an illusion. Below, I have compiled a list of writers that discuss some of the same things that Afrikan scholars and organizations have been trying to tell our people. We have become deft when it comes to listening to our own, it is like a mental schism that we must erase and listen to one another to create the changes that we must make to survive and to live in a sustainable world.

 

I recently saw the film What A Way To GoLife At The End Of Empire, by Writer/Director Timothy S. Bennett, Producer Sally C. Erickson

Consultant - Barbara Trent, Producer and Director of the
1993 Oscar® winning feature documentary, The Panama Deception.

 

The film was very exploratory in regards to where we are as human beings on this planet and the challenges that we must all overcome as a species, and must understand how we fit and do not fit well on earth. I wrote down some of the authors that were interviewed in the film that I found interesting. I want to share this information with the reading public.  As we all explore and come to the reality that the game is over and where do we go from here.

 

It is against this backdrop and reality that we, the Ghana Nkwanta Project need your help and support towards building sustainable communities and knowledge base.

 

Books

 

The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, by Thomas Berry "HISTORY IS GOVERNED BY THOSE OVERARCHING MOVEMENTS that give shape and meaning to life by relating the human venture to the larger destinies of the..." 

 

Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines, and the Party’s Over, by Richard Heinberg

 

The World According To Pimm: A Scientist Audits the Earth by Stuart Pimm

 

Off the Map, by Chellis Glendinning is a deep look inside Imperialism, the Global Economy, and our Earthly Whereabouts…..

 

Richard Manning's most recent book, "Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization,"

 

The Endgame, by Derrick Jensen a book that explores the nature of injustice, and  what civilizations do to the natural world.  He also explores societies intricate systems of denial, silence, and deception.

 

My Ishmael and World Without Borders, by Daniel Quinn

 

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The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait Of A Paradigm Shift (by Andres R. Edwards)

 

Doug Brown:  Insatiable Is Not Sustainable - a book that focuses on changes that must  be made if we are to have a future on this planet.

 

Alan Weisman, Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, Chelsea Green Pub. Co., 1998.  An extraordinary experiment in sustainable development in the transformation of a Colombian village. A successful model for the developing world.

Michael H. Shuman, GOING LOCAL: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age.

 

Janine M. Benyus, BIOMIMICRY: Innovation Inspired by Nature, William Morrow & Company, Inc., 1998. This book is an eye and mind opener into sustainability. 

Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline, Doubleday, 1994.  An introduction to systems thinking (of which Ishmael is an example).  Like many sustainability books this one helps us to look at our thought processes which are a part of the problem.

The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization, by Peter M. Senge 

 

Being Is Enough : Collective Self-Help for a Sustainable World - by Doug Brown's continued work by Doug Brown author of Insatiable Is Not Sustainable focusing on the stress we cause ourselves and the world by how we behave in the culture of  "have all you can have" and "be all you can be" culture.

 

Humanity’s Environmental Future: Making Sense in a Troubled World, by William Ross McCluney

 

Getting to the Source: Readings on Sustainable Values, by William Ross McCluney

 

Beyond Civilization: Humanity’s Next Great Adventure, by Daniel Quinn, Quinn expounds on the idea that aboriginal tribal life can offer us a model for “making a living” in a meaningful and enjoyable way.

 

 

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Together we will work to build and develop the “LAND GIFT’ that was given for the betterment of all Afrikans. This LAND GIFT will be the INHERITANCE for all yet unborn Afrikan children to inherit. No longer will any Afrikan ever again in or outside of Afrika ever be LANDLESS AND HOMELESS ever again!!!