Updates from the Ground

2015 in Photos and Video

In 2015, Groundswell International worked with rural people in ten different countries to overcome hunger and poverty by learning and spreading environmentally sound farming practices that work with nature, not against it. We also worked with our partners to accelerate the development and scaling of successful agro-ecological farming and to build strategic alliances with farmers’ organizations, government, NGOs and international […]

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15 Top Updates from the Ground in 2015

2015 was an exciting year of growth and inspiration for Groundswell International. We are thrilled to have seen growing global recognition that in order to truly address hunger, poverty, and climate change in the long-term, we must empower people to help themselves, partner with local communities, and invest in farming practices that are better for people and the planet. We’ve enjoyed sharing […]

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A Day With BPP-Pariwar – Transforming the Lives of Women in Nepal

The following blogpost was written by Kathy Colverson, one of Groundswell International’s Board members. Kathy is the Associate Director of International Agricultural Programs at the University of Florida, and she has worked abroad in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Egypt, Syria, Honduras, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Haiti, and Ecuador. During her latest visit to Nepal, Kathy spent a day with Groundswell’s partner […]

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An Unexpected Visit to Burkina Faso

This blog post was written by Katie Hiebert. Katie is a graduate student in the Master’s in Development Practice program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is interested in working with communities to promote holistic practices in agriculture. Katie believes in the power of grassroots, agro-ecological approaches to increase food security, foster environmental preservation, and […]

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Social Movements and Allies at COP21 Call for Transformation of Food Systems and Agroecology

The following is the sixth post in Groundswell International’s climate change series, addressing considerations for the 2015 Paris climate change conference. As the delegates to the COP21 deliberate the final agreements in Paris, social movements and allies within the ‘Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles’ are advocating for climate justice and real solutions to the […]

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Putting Agroecology into Practice

The following is the fifth blogpost in Groundswell International’s series “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference”. In this post, Peter Gubbels re-emphasizes how agroecology can simultaneously improve the food and farming system, nourish the world, and significantly reduce carbon emissions. He outlines some of the steps that policy makers and leaders should take to realize this transition. […]

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Agroecology in Africa Addresses Climate Change

The following post is the fourth from the series by Peter Gubbels directed towards change-makers involved in the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. In this post, Peter focuses on the evidence for agroecology in Africa.  In the two earlier posts in this series, I outlined the critical role that agriculture plays in climate change. I argued that any feasible […]

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Documentary: Can the Solutions to Climate Change Help Us Fix Poverty Too?

This post is the third in the series “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference”.  We are excited to share a new documentary with you from Earthrise that focuses on how the solutions for climate change – including agroecology – can also help end extreme poverty. At the end of October, our colleagues in Burkina Faso […]

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COP21 Promises Global Agricultural Transition to Boost Resilience to Climate Change

The following is the second post in a series by Peter Gubbels titled “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.” The series highlights the important role of discussions of agriculture at the COP21 conference, especially in the context of Africa’s smallholder farmers. In this post, Peter reviews conclusions from the COP21 half-day focus on agriculture […]

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Leaders at COP21 Must Look Towards Agricultural Adaptation

Over the past few days, global leaders have been meeting in Paris, France to make commitments regarding climate change. Participants understand that if the global temperature warms by another 2°C, future generations will face devastating, irreversible challenges. The following post is the first in a series by Peter Gubbels titled “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate […]

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Announcing an EXCLUSIVE #GivingTuesday Partnership Campaign

This year, we’re announcing an exclusive #GivingTuesday partnership campaign with Food Tank. By contributing $50 or more on Giving Tuesday, you’ll become a member of BOTH Groundswell International and Food Tank. Nearly one billion people in the world are hungry, and 80 percent of them are rural farmers and food producers. Most of the world’s […]

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