The Dry Corridor in Crisis
The Dry Corridor of Central America is in crisis. Extreme environmental degradation, increasingly unpredictable rainfall due to Climate Change, recurrent droughts, flooding, and other natural disasters threaten the lives and livelihoods of more than 10 million people living in this ecologically fragile region.
A Revolution of Accountability and Transparency
Groundswell’s founders created a bottom-up, network organizational structure that seeks to be truly accountable and transparent to the people we serve, to our partners around the world, and to the thousands of supporters who make our work possible. We continually strive to improve upon our structure and operating model in keeping with these principles and to bring our innovative approaches to scale.
Guiding Principles in Challenging Times
This has been an exhausting and disorienting year. In the United States, we face deep divisions, even while we are challenged to join forces to confront huge crises. Currents of hope, fear, determination and anxiety run deep. Where do we find inspiration in these rough seas to steer towards real solutions? We at Groundswell draw on what we have learned from rural families around the world, and from our heroic front-line partner organizations that are strengthening communities and social movements in Africa, the Americas and South Asia to create better lives.
Hurricane Eta is a Bleak Reminder of a Climate in Crisis and Why Agroecology is a Solution
Hurricane Eta, the most recent and devastating hurricane that unleashed its fury in Central America, is a bleak reminder of our vulnerability as a species when up against planetary forces responding to the climate crisis. In the most affected countries of Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala, the story has been the same – rains, floods, landslides, evacuees, and tragically, a considerable number of deaths. As in almost every natural disaster, the population living in poverty is the most affected.
COVID-19 Recovery Is a Chance to Make the Africa Food and Farming System More Resilient
The pandemic has acted as a giant magnifying lens. It has shed light on inequality, the vulnerability of people’s livelihoods, and the fragilities of a hyperconnected global economic system. Optimists say the pandemic is focusing policy minds on the need for more decisive, collective action on many resilience issues, including food and agriculture. As governments invest enormous resources to recover from COVID-19, many civil society groups are insisting on changing the system for the better. Optimists are saying: “build back better”. Pessimists respond that the pandemic is only a moment that s …
The Barefoot Guide to Surviving COVID-19
The Barefoot Guide to Surviving COVID-19 addresses how people across Africa can weather the COVID-19 pandemic, and, in the process it debunks many of the misconceptions that exist in the food industry, provides real, sustainable solutions to the challenges families face in their pursuit for access to healthy food, and explains how families can start their own gardens. The Natural Food Barefoot Guide Writer’s Collective, which includes Groundswell International’s Peter Gubbels, wrote the book. It is the first book in a new agroecology series produced by the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Afri …