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Groundswell Publishes Agroecology Plus Six Case Studies and Policy Notes

Dear Friends, Groundswell International supports farmer-led innovation to strengthen and amplify agroecology. The urgent task in West Africa is to support, assess and document effective strategies, so that millions of people can overcome the daunting challenges of declining soil fertility, food production, and growing malnutrition. We are pleased to share with you the results, lessons […]

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Mali Drives FMNR for Over Two Decades

Mali, part of West Africa’s notoriously barren Sahel region, birthed FMNR (farmer managed natural regeneration) out of necessity. Between 1960-1990 a confluence of causes collided to give rise to accelerated soil degradation. Climate change, flawed agricultural policies, and population pressures all exacerbated deforestation and desertification. Fortunately, these pressures sparked local leaders in the area of […]

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Women’s Project Preserves Cultural Heritage of Mayan Food System in Guatemala

In honor of last month’s International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22nd, we are spotlighting our partners at Qachuu Aloom in Guatemala. Over the past year they have developed a health and nutrition project to strengthen cultural identity and the Mayan-Achi food system. The project aims to preserve knowledge about local plants and seeds, […]

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The GMO Debate Rages in Ecuador over Constitutionality of Seeds

On May 22, the world celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity. For Groundswell International and the partners and communities we work with around the world, the day marks the vital connections between stronger farmer management of local seed varieties, seed sovereignty, diversified family farming, as well as human and environmental health.  Debates about the adoption […]

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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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Update from Steve Brescia, Executive Director

Dear Friends, We are so pleased to share with you updates on what we are accomplishing together – as well as the amazing opportunities that lie ahead if we continue to invest in and strengthen the power of communities and local organizations to generate and amplify real solutions. In 2009, we founded Groundswell International as […]

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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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Women in Nepal Break A Legacy of Poverty with Agroecology

What does it take to economically empower women and girls from the Dalit caste, historically one of the most marginalized and under-resourced groups in Nepal? “Women’s savings and credit groups are the entry point,” says Chris Sacco, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Groundswell. Men often leave the community to find economic opportunities outside of the […]

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Women’s Leadership in Agroecology Part 3

In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th and Women’s History Month for the full month of March, we interviewed our Regional Coordinator for West Africa, Fatou Batta on the intersection of women and agroecology. Read the third and final installment of our interview below. Groundswell: If there were more international awareness and money […]

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Women’s Leadership in Agroecology Part 2

In the second installment of our interview with regional coordinator for West Africa, Fatou Batta, we dive deeper into the impact of agroecology on women’s lives. Groundswell: We know that you can’t divorce agroecology from the political and economic context in which it occurs. What political and economic changes in West Africa are important to […]

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