Groundswell’s New Book Fertile Ground is Now Available!
We are excited to announce that Groundswell International’s new book, Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up, is now available for purchase! As stated in the book’s introduction: “There are about 2.5 billion people in the world, on 500 million farms, involved with smallholder family agriculture and food production. Their creative capacity to farm productively and sustainably with nature, instead of against it, is perhaps the most powerful force that can be unleashed to overcome the interlinking challenges of hunger, poverty, climate change, and environmental degradation. This is the essence of agroecology.”
We know that agroecology is an effective approach for family farmers to improve their lives. The challenge is: how do we amplify and spread it? Fertile Ground provides practical insights, lessons, and recommendations, drawing on farmers’ stories and a rich set of case studies by our partners and colleagues from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, and Europe.
Here’s what people are saying about the book:
“If the food system is made sustainable, it’ll be because of examples like those in this book. Mark Twain has some words for Big Ag: “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example” This book is filled with good examples that demonstrate the profound potential for agroecology to address everything from climate change to domestic violence. These stories aren’t just inspiration -they’re ammunition for a debate about the future of food and farming.” – Raj Patel, activist, academic, writer, Stuffed and Starved (2007)
“Fertile Ground provides us with a global testimony of key agroecological experiences from the Americas, Africa and Europe. As interest in agroecology grows, there is a need to critically assess the evidence of its potential to fully integrate science, practice and social movements to build more sustainable food systems. This volume represents a pivotal contribution to achieving this goal.” – V. Ernesto Méndez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Agroecology & Environmental Studies, University of Vermont