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Groundswell’s FAO Delegates’ 11 Recommendations for the future of Agroecology

Last month, from April 3-5 the FAO held the second International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up Agroecology to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Rome, Italy. The symposium brought together representatives from the UN, governments, NGOs, farmers and women’s movements and academics. Groundswell International sent four delegates representing our staff, board and partner organizations. […]

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The Agroecology +6 Framework Builds Rapid Resilience in the Sahel

In Africa’s Sahel region, the trifecta of drought, erratic rainfall and degraded lands make farmers particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Groundswell and its partners in West Africa promote resilience strategies for the nearly 12 million small scale farmers in this ecologically fragile and risk prone area. Peter Gubbels, Groundswell’s Director of Action […]

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Update from Annual Global Partners Conference in Senegal

  Early last month, Groundswell International staff and partners from ten different countries convened in Senegal for our bi-annual Global Partners Conference. After eight years of operating, including developing a new five year strategic framework and releasing our book Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up in the last two years, we’ve accomplished a […]

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Farmers in Africa Address Deforestation and Hunger with Agroecology

“For those we work with, indigenous knowledge, local knowledge—that is their strength.” These words from Bernard Guri, Groundswell International board member and executive director of our partner organization the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) in Ghana, get to the heart of our mission. Kelle Gregory is one of the farmers that CIKOD […]

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If We’re Going to Talk about the Environment, We Need to Talk About Gender

The theme for International Women’s Day this year is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. In honor of promoting gender equality, we are pleased to share excerpts from an article written by Groundswell co-founder and former Board member Natalie Elwell, who is the senior gender advisor at the World Resources Institute (WRI). […]

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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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Documentary: Can the Solutions to Climate Change Help Us Fix Poverty Too?

This post is the third in the series “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference”.  We are excited to share a new documentary with you from Earthrise that focuses on how the solutions for climate change – including agroecology – can also help end extreme poverty. At the end of October, our colleagues in Burkina Faso […]

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COP21 Promises Global Agricultural Transition to Boost Resilience to Climate Change

The following is the second post in a series by Peter Gubbels titled “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.” The series highlights the important role of discussions of agriculture at the COP21 conference, especially in the context of Africa’s smallholder farmers. In this post, Peter reviews conclusions from the COP21 half-day focus on agriculture […]

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