Updates from the Ground

West Africa Visit in Photos

Two members of our coordination team recently returned from a trip to West Africa to meet with our colleagues and partners, and the farmers we work with to build a healthier and more equitable food system from the ground up. Their trip led them to a Groundswell regional conference in Ghana where our partners from […]

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In Memory of Paul Milburn

On November 25, Groundswell International lost a tremendous friend and supporter. Paul Milburn, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, died at the age of 85. From our founding in 2009, Paul has been one of Groundswell’s most generous and faithful supporters. Steve Brescia, Groundswell’s Executive Director, said: “Paul helped us with initial seed funding to create our program […]

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Food Sovereignty Stories, a panel discussion at the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples conference

In late October 2016, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples held their bi-annual conference in Lima, Peru with an emphasis this year on Buen Vivir, or Sumak Kawsay, the social philosophy of good living principles that indigenous communities around the world share in common. Groundswell International partners teamed up with other Indigenous leaders and scholars to […]

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Empower family farmers by joining us on #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. By participating in #GivingTuesday on November 29, 2016 you become part of a worldwide movement of generosity and empowerment. This #GivingTuesday, we’ve set a goal to empower 100 farmers, […]

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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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