Updates from the Ground

From factory laborers to stewards of the land: how one Honduran family found resilience back at the farm

Mirna Barahona, Edgardo Garcia and their three sons live in El Tule community, in the western department of Santa Barbara, Honduras. When they are not in school, the boys work with their parents on their 3.4-acre shade coffee plantation, or tend to their corn and beans food crops, spread across three different fields that together […]

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Sneak Peek Book Release, Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up

This spring we will be releasing our new book, Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up. The book is edited by Steve Brescia, Executive Director of Groundswell International, and showcases the work we have been supporting with our partners around the world, as well as other allies, to build a food and farming system […]

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Steve’s Field Notes: Regenerate in 2017

Dear Friends, Now more than ever, we need to create farming, food systems and local economies that regenerate our land, our families’ health, and our communities.  We also need to regenerate our hope, solidarity and commitment. That is what Groundswell International is all about – connecting circles of people who work together to build that […]

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West Africa Visit in Photos

Two members of our coordination team recently returned from a trip to West Africa to meet with our colleagues and partners, and the farmers we work with to build a healthier and more equitable food system from the ground up. Their trip led them to a Groundswell regional conference in Ghana where our partners from […]

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In Memory of Paul Milburn

On November 25, Groundswell International lost a tremendous friend and supporter. Paul Milburn, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, died at the age of 85. From our founding in 2009, Paul has been one of Groundswell’s most generous and faithful supporters. Steve Brescia, Groundswell’s Executive Director, said: “Paul helped us with initial seed funding to create our program […]

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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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Empower family farmers by joining us on #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. By participating in #GivingTuesday on November 29, 2016 you become part of a worldwide movement of generosity and empowerment. This #GivingTuesday, we’ve set a goal to empower 100 farmers, […]

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Pobaadou Lankoande, Transforming Her Life with Agroecology

Pobaadou Lankoande has transformed her life with agroecology. Thanks to the support of our amazing donors, Groundswell International has played a vital role. Pobaadou has her own inspiring story, lifting herself out of poverty. But it goes beyond that. She is a leader, and has spread her success to many other women in surrounding villages […]

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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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The Renewal of Time, Burkina Faso

To great chagrin, Nicholas Sarkozy addressed Senegal in 2007 as follows: “The tragedy of Africa is that the African has not entered fully into history…. They have never really launched themselves into the future.” According to Sarkozy, the African peasant knows only “the eternal renewal of time,” a knowledge by which “there is neither room […]

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