Agrecol Afrique is dedicated to promoting agro-ecological farming in Senegal. Agrecol’s specialty is fostering organic vegetable production through home gardens, women’s groups market gardening, and by linking organic producers to local markets. It operates in the Diourbel, Kaffrine, Tambacounda, Thiès, and Ziguinchor regions. In each of these areas, local teams are responsible for implementing and monitoring programs and projects. Agrecol Afrique is a member of the Groundswell West Africa Collaborative.
Association Nourrir Sans Détruire (ANSD) is a Burkinabe NGO dedicated to strengthening the capacity of local communities—especially women farmers—to lead and manage their own agroecology programs. ANSD supports a farmer-to-farmer network that has cascaded effective agroecology strategies, helping women farmers to nourish their families, generate income, and organize and grow their voices as community leaders and agroecology influencers. ANSD was founded in 2010. It is a member of the Groundswell West Africa Collaborative.
Boudha Bahanupati Project – Pariwar (BBP-Pariwar) is a Nepalese NGO founded in 1994 to improve the wellbeing of marginalized populations, especially women from the socially excluded dalit class who live in the remote mountainous region of Central Nepal. BBP-Pariwar promotes ecological agriculture, strengthens community organizations, facilitates the creation of savings and credit groups and farming cooperatives, and improves community access to general and reproductive health services.
Centéotl The Centéotl Community Development Center is a civil association, based in Zimatlán de Álvarez, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Centéotl puts professional knowledge at the service of the community for community groups, preserving the mystique of environmental conservation and strict respect for Mother Earth.
As part of Groundswell’s Catalyzing Soil Biology for Food Security project, both organizations engage in activities oriented towards researching the effects of agroecology vs. conventional agriculture on soil fertility. Each of them work with local farmers, prioritizing the involvement of women, to design and cultivate test plots across various contexts to develop rigorous evidence for agroecology’s role in regenerating soil ecosystems, which has been shown to boost on-farm productivity and groundwater retention, while reducing erosion, among other benefits.
Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) is a Ghanaian NGO established in 2003. Its mission is to strengthen traditional authorities and civil society organizations to facilitate sustainable grassroots organizational development in support of Ghana’s poorest and most vulnerable rural families. The organization is a leading voice for agroecology and food sovereignty in Ghana. CIKOD is a member of the Groundswell West Africa Collaborative.
EkoRural is an Ecuadorian NGO that was established in 2009. The organization works with marginalized communities in Ecuador’s Central and Northern Highlands. EkoRural strengthens local leadership, community agency and the organizational capacity of women and men, as well as children. It supports locally-led models of sustained change that allow people to improve their lives and create stronger communities that produce more food, generate more income, improve their health and regenerate landscapes.
La Asociación Qachuu Aloom “Madre Tierra” is Guatemalan nonprofit organization that was founded in 2000. It promotes comprehensive community development and strengthens individual and collective capacities through traditional agriculture and agroecology, while promoting the recovery and conservation of native seeds. Currently, 80% of Qachuu Aloom’s members are women. The organization works with marginalized families in the Department of Baja Verapaz.
Partenariat pour le Développement Local (PDL) is a Haitian NGO committed to rebuilding rural Haiti as the foundation for the revitalization of the entire country. PDL has played a central role in creating a network of local leaders and organizations across the north of Haiti’s Central Plateau basin that are able to implement practical solutions that sustainably improve agricultural production, income generation, food security, health and natural resources management. PDL is a founding member of Groundswell International.
Sahel Eco was founded in 2004 to work with the people of Mali to improve their standard of living through better environmental management. Sahel Eco works with rural communities in the Mopti and Segou regions and has greatly influenced the policies and practices of both government and peer agencies to promote farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) within a wider regional “re-greening movement.” Sahel Eco is a member of the Groundswell West Africa Collaborative.
Vecinos Honduras is a Honduran NGO, which like many Groundswell partners, uses a proven approach that empowers local people to lead their own development processes. For more than 10 years, Vecinos has facilitated holistic, equitable and participatory programs in rural Honduras, promoting the sustainable use of local resources, food sovereignty and community health within the framework of the protection of nature and environmental improvement for the benefit of current and future generations.