Updates from the Ground

Pobaadou Lankoande, Transforming Her Life with Agroecology

Pobaadou Lankoande has transformed her life with agroecology. Thanks to the support of our amazing donors, Groundswell International has played a vital role. Pobaadou has her own inspiring story, lifting herself out of poverty. But it goes beyond that. She is a leader, and has spread her success to many other women in surrounding villages […]

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Food Labeling in Ecuador: Will the Power of People Triumph over the Power of the Food Industry?

Civil society efforts have been pushing back against big food industries’ attempts to change a progressive nutrition labeling scheme in Ecuador. This labeling scheme was put in place, along with other measures, to combat the alarming levels of overweight and obesity affecting the entire country. Globalization, modernization, economic growth and urbanization have widely affected people’s […]

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The Renewal of Time, Burkina Faso

To great chagrin, Nicholas Sarkozy addressed Senegal in 2007 as follows: “The tragedy of Africa is that the African has not entered fully into history…. They have never really launched themselves into the future.” According to Sarkozy, the African peasant knows only “the eternal renewal of time,” a knowledge by which “there is neither room […]

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Action Learning in Latin America and the Caribbean

Since the last regional meeting in Brazil, our Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) partners have taken a great stride to consolidate a regional program, through an action-learning framework that provides a common “roadmap” yet celebrates the diversity of agroecological and institutional innovations emerging in the LAC region. From August 29 to September 2, 2016, partners […]

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Celebrating the Food Sovereignty Prize on World Food Day

On World Food Day this Saturday, two organizations will be recognized by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance for their commitment to promoting food sovereignty. “Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems” […]

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Update from Haiti Post Hurricane Matthew

As we’ve all seen in the news, Haiti is still reeling from Hurricane Matthew. Thousands of people have been displaced, and do not have access to clean food or drinking water. Many areas of Haiti are still recovering from the January 2010 earthquake. Flood waters and unsanitary conditions further exacerbated a growing cholera epidemic that […]

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On the Ground in Nepal

After completion of our first year of graduate school in the Master’s in Development Practice program at Emory University, my classmates and I departed for all corners of the Global South to conduct our first summer field practicum. We collectively flew to more than twenty countries to join a host of humanitarian NGOs engaged in […]

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New Faces at Groundswell

We are excited to announce the addition of three new staff members at Groundswell International: Zach Brehmer, Director of Resource Development; Rhonda Devan, Finance Director; and Alejandra Arce Indacochea, Regional Coordinator for Latin American and the Caribbean. Learn more about Zach, Rhonda, and Alejandra and send them a word of welcome!       Zach […]

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Life in Rural Ghana, A Young Man’s Story

This blog post is written by Patrick Sakyi, young man with a commitment to smallholder farmers in Ghana. He works as a monitoring & evaluation associate with Farmerline, a social enterprise which builds innovative data collection platforms & mobile applications to improve information access for smallholder farmers in Ghana and other African countries, and is […]

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AFSA Awarded with Food Sovereignty Prize

We are excited to announce that the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) has been selected as the winner of the Eighth Annual Food Sovereignty Prize! The Food Sovereignty Prize is awarded by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, a coalition working to end poverty, rebuild local food economies, and assert democratic control over the […]

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