Updates from the Ground

Honoring Berta Caceres, Environmental Leader

Dear Friends, Groundswell International joins the shock, sadness and condemnation of the murder of respected indigenous, human rights and environmental leader Berta Cáceres in Honduras. We stand with our Honduran sisters and brothers and support the calls for full investigation to bring all of those involved to justice and ensure respect for human rights, life and democratic […]

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Starting from Seed, How to Prepare for Spring Planting

The following post is written by Chris Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager for Sow True Seed. Sow True Seed is an open-pollinated, untreated, GMO-free seed company in Asheville, NC offering 400+ varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds featuring heirloom, organic, and traditional favorites. For the past few years, we’ve partnered with Sow True Seed […]

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Two New Members Join Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce the election of two new members to Groundswell International’s Board of Directors: Muthusami Kumaran and Vance Russell. We warmly welcome these new Board members, each of whom brings the kind of creativity, energy and commitment that Groundswell International needs to build on what we have accomplished together over the last seven years. […]

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2015 in Photos and Video

In 2015, Groundswell International worked with rural people in ten different countries to overcome hunger and poverty by learning and spreading environmentally sound farming practices that work with nature, not against it. We also worked with our partners to accelerate the development and scaling of successful agro-ecological farming and to build strategic alliances with farmers’ organizations, government, NGOs and international […]

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15 Top Updates from the Ground in 2015

2015 was an exciting year of growth and inspiration for Groundswell International. We are thrilled to have seen growing global recognition that in order to truly address hunger, poverty, and climate change in the long-term, we must empower people to help themselves, partner with local communities, and invest in farming practices that are better for people and the planet. We’ve enjoyed sharing […]

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A Day With BPP-Pariwar – Transforming the Lives of Women in Nepal

The following blogpost was written by Kathy Colverson, one of Groundswell International’s Board members. Kathy is the Associate Director of International Agricultural Programs at the University of Florida, and she has worked abroad in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Egypt, Syria, Honduras, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Haiti, and Ecuador. During her latest visit to Nepal, Kathy spent a day with Groundswell’s partner […]

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An Unexpected Visit to Burkina Faso

This blog post was written by Katie Hiebert. Katie is a graduate student in the Master’s in Development Practice program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is interested in working with communities to promote holistic practices in agriculture. Katie believes in the power of grassroots, agro-ecological approaches to increase food security, foster environmental preservation, and […]

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Social Movements and Allies at COP21 Call for Transformation of Food Systems and Agroecology

The following is the sixth post in Groundswell International’s climate change series, addressing considerations for the 2015 Paris climate change conference. As the delegates to the COP21 deliberate the final agreements in Paris, social movements and allies within the ‘Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles’ are advocating for climate justice and real solutions to the […]

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Putting Agroecology into Practice

The following is the fifth blogpost in Groundswell International’s series “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference”. In this post, Peter Gubbels re-emphasizes how agroecology can simultaneously improve the food and farming system, nourish the world, and significantly reduce carbon emissions. He outlines some of the steps that policy makers and leaders should take to realize this transition. […]

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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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