Ecuador

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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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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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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Check out our 2014 Annual Report

We are excited to announce the release of Groundswell International’s 2014 Annual Report!  In 2014, we worked in partnership – with farmers, with local organizations, and our supporters – to continue to create a transition to agroecological farming that is better for people and the planet. We invested nearly $1.3 million in strengthening rural communities […]

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Jeffrey Smith Visits Ecuador to Talk About GMOs

Jeffrey Smith, Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and author of the film “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives”, recently traveled to Ecuador to meet with different government officials and activist groups about the risks of GMOs. Stephen Sherwood, a Groundswell co-founder and Board member who lives in Ecuador, met with Jeffrey while […]

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Steve’s Field Notes: Learning Visit in Brazil

Dear Friends,  Last week, I returned from an invigorating trip with our regional partners in Latin America and new allies in Brazil. We met to draw lessons from the excellent work being done in Brazil to improve the lives of rural communities by spreading resilient, ecological farming and to strengthen local food economies. We were […]

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Video: How do you practice responsible consumption?

Do you eat? Are you a part of a family? How do you practice responsible consumption? Watch this new video by EkoRural, our partner in Ecuador, and Colectivo Nacional Agroecologico. Leaders from different movements of Ecuador discuss what responsible consumption is, why it is important, and how they practice it in their own lives.     (Video is […]

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2014 Global Conference in Photos

We wish you could have been with us in Haiti for Groundswell’s 2014 Global Conference! This year was a particularly special year because Groundswell International celebrated five years of strengthening rural communities to build healthy farming and food systems from the ground up. Several of our partners also celebrated five year anniversaries this year: EkoRural (Ecuador), […]

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Lilian Rocio Quingaluisa

2014 was declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) to draw attention to the 2.5 billion family famers who produce over 70% of the world’s food. Family farmers are intricately linked with the social, economic and ecological health of their communities, and their success and well-being is critical in […]

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