Updates from the Ground

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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Harvest Update: Grow Food Where People Live

The following is an update from Sydney Klein, Program Coordinator for Grow Food Where People Live, Groundswell International’s program in Western North Carolina done in collaboration with Polk County Government and the Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center. Grow Food Where People Live is grounded in a bottom-up approach to community-based food production and economic development, and builds on […]

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Overcoming Food Insecurity in Burkina Faso

For as long as Kiribamba Pokouma can remember, her family of six has regularly faced food insecurity due to scarce rainfall and the resulting poor harvests in eastern Burkina Faso. Kiribamba began vegetable gardening during the dryseason as a way of coping with this food insecurity and supporting her family. “I prefer market gardening to […]

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FAO Symposium Promotes Agroecology in Africa

On November 5-6, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted a regional symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa. During the event in Dakar, Senegal, over 300 people, including various African leaders and civil society organizations, gathered to explore and promote agroecology as the future of farming in Africa. Groundswell International was […]

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Join Us at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Fall Conference!

This weekend, November 6-8th, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is hosting their 30th annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham, NC. The conference is a place for people of all backgrounds to come together to connect and share ideas for creating a healthier food future, through a diverse array of workshops, events, meeting, and locally-inspired […]

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Rebuilding a Resilient Nepal

In 2013, Groundswell International partnered with the Nepalese NGO BBP-Pariwar to improve farmers’ livelihoods and food security by spreading ecological agriculture, strengthening community organizations, and building networks among farmers to facilitate the creation of savings and credit groups and farming cooperatives. Today, Groundswell and BBP Pariwar work together in 23 villages located in the mostly […]

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Agroecology: The Bold New Future for Africa

On November 5-6, organizations will gather in Dakar, Senegal for the FAO Regional Meeting on Agroecology in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of the meeting is to promote the dialogue on science and agroecology. Peter Gubbels, Groundswell International’s Director of Action Learning and Advocacy will be attending the meeting alongside many of our ally organizations in West Africa.   The […]

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10 Key Principles for Supporting Small Scale Farmers in Adapting to Climate Change

Climate change is making it harder and harder for vulnerable populations to overcome hunger and malnutrition. One of these vulnerable populations is small scale farmers. Some 500 million smallholder producers are already feeding 70% of the world’s people on just 20-30% of its arable land[1]. They aren’t talking about if they can do it – […]

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