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Government of Ghana opposes GMOs

The front page headline of Ghana’s Business and Financial Times for January 17, 2020 reads:  “National Well-being wins over foreign interests as the gov’t ditches GMOs.”   The article quotes a dramatic statement from Ghana’s Agriculture Minister Dr. Akoto Owusu Afriyie, rejecting the need for GMO seeds in Ghana.  “I’m a scientist,” said Minister Afriyie. “I believe in […]

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Groundswell International publishes brief: “Scaling Agroecology in the Sahel: Elements of Good Practice – A Guide for Civil Society”

“There is a lot of learning that still needs to be done about how to scale or amplify agroecology,” says Peter Gubbels, Groundswell’s Director for Action Learning and Advocacy in West Africa.  “Some valuable principles have been identified, but there are not a lot of good, practical examples of how to do this.  What are […]

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Groundswell International celebrates 10 years with a global conference at the University of Vermont.

Groundswell gathered with staff, partner organizations from 10 countries around the world, and Board representatives for our Global Conference from Oct. 15-19.   We did so in collaboration with the University of Vermont’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (UVM/ALC).  We shared key strategies across our program partners related to strengthening agroecology focusing on farmer-to-farmer innovation; women’s empowerment; […]

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Running For Women Across The Globe

Rhonda Devan, Groundswell International’s Chief Financial Officer, ran the Berlin marathon on Sunday, September 29, 2019. Running has been a key ingredient to Rhonda’s own empowerment. It has made her stronger and more confident, she has found community and joy, and it has motivated her to make healthier and more mindful choices. If you meet Rhonda, you will quickly learn that […]

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Calling For a Brown Revolution and Regreening to Restore Soils

by Peter Gubbels, Director of Action Learning and Advocacy, West Africa When meeting with an assembly of rural villagers in the Kaffrine region of Senegal 3 years ago, I inquired about the main problems they faced in their agriculture. One older woman, attired in a colorful West Africa cloth, but with a weathered face and […]

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Building Collaboration To Amplify Agroecology

We want to extend a thank you and a special acknowledgment to Ernesto Mendez for this thoughtful post he recently made. We’re excited for our collaboration with ALC/UVM this year and have been hard at work planning and organizing our 10th Anniversary Global Conference. Please take a look at Ernesto’s post here: ALC Link This […]

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Recurrent Drought In Central America’s Dry Corridor

Recurrent drought and increasingly unpredictable annual rains have exacerbated the already difficult conditions facing farming families in Central America’s Dry Corridor, including Honduras. They have resulted in massive crop losses in these rainfed systems, causing widespread food insecurity and increased malnutrition rates in already vulnerable populations. Thus, climate, and more specifically rainfall and temperature, have […]

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Episode 3 – Perspective From The Field

Episode 3 is now live! Join Edwin for a chat about challenges in Honduras and how ecological farming may be a solution to helping rural farmers live happier healthier lives. Recurrent drought and increasingly unpredictable annual rains have exacerbated the already difficult socio-economic conditions facing farming families in Central America’s Dry Corridor, including Honduras. When […]

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Agroecology, Responsible Consumption, and NCDs – Cuchicheo Saludable [Full Video]

We face a global crisis of hunger, poverty, and climate change. Yet, we have real, lasting solutions that can shift how we grow and distribute food so that it is healthy and just for people and the planet. Our partner EkoRural recently produced a webinar that is now available for you to view below. We […]

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Farmer-led Crop Experimentation Preview

Groundswell works side-by-side with carefully selected local partner organizations to tap into and spread the rich store of home-grown knowledge, ensuring that the best solutions to hunger, poverty and environmental degradation are rooted in the local context. While on tour visiting our @CIKODGH1 partners in Upper West, Ghana, Steve Brescia narrates/films a rural farmer display […]

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Perspective From The Field: Episode 2

We’re excited for you to listen to what’s been developing in West Africa regarding agroecology, women’s empowerment, and sustainable food systems. [Remember to select closed captions and language translation in your youtube player settings.] Tsuamba Bourgou Regional Coordinator for West Africa: Tsuamba brings decades of experience supporting community-led development in his native Burkina Faso and […]

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