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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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Women’s Leadership in Agroecology

Recently, we connected with Fatou Batta, our regional coordinator for West Africa, based in Burkina Faso. With Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day both occurring this month, we wanted to know more about the intersection of women and agroecology from her perspective. Over the next three weeks we will be sharing her insights. Here […]

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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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Lessons from West Africa: Five Leverage Points

Our dynamic program in West Africa works with partners in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Ghana, who collaborate and exchange to sharpen their strategies to better catalyze community-based and farmer-driven agroecology. With this network in place, we strengthen local initiatives and make agroecology more accessible to family farmers through shared learning. Peter Gubbels, Director for […]

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#ConversationStarters gets people talking about agroecology and farming

Food is central to everyday life and yet we rarely take the time to sit down and talk about it. Where does it come from? Who grows it? What is their life like? Could our food choices be harming people whose livelihood depends on what we eat? Could we, instead, empower families by making better […]

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