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Update on Coup d’etat in Burkina Faso

Last week, Burkina Faso’s presidential guard announced a coup d’etat, arresting the country’s transitional president and prime minister. Burkina Faso was about to hold an election to replace President Blaise Compaoré who held the position for 27 years. The guard announced General Gilbert Diendere as the transitional leader. We received this news while we were with Fatou Batta […]

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Check out our 2014 Annual Report

We are excited to announce the release of Groundswell International’s 2014 Annual Report!  In 2014, we worked in partnership – with farmers, with local organizations, and our supporters – to continue to create a transition to agroecological farming that is better for people and the planet. We invested nearly $1.3 million in strengthening rural communities […]

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Video: How do you practice responsible consumption?

Do you eat? Are you a part of a family? How do you practice responsible consumption? Watch this new video by EkoRural, our partner in Ecuador, and Colectivo Nacional Agroecologico. Leaders from different movements of Ecuador discuss what responsible consumption is, why it is important, and how they practice it in their own lives.     (Video is […]

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World Food Day Celebrates Family Farmers Across the Globe

Today is World Food Day, a global day of action to address hunger and celebrate the heroes working to eradicate it. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates 805 million people around the world are hungry, or food insecure–they do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life. More than 70 percent of […]

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2014 Global Conference in Photos

We wish you could have been with us in Haiti for Groundswell’s 2014 Global Conference! This year was a particularly special year because Groundswell International celebrated five years of strengthening rural communities to build healthy farming and food systems from the ground up. Several of our partners also celebrated five year anniversaries this year: EkoRural (Ecuador), […]

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Scaling Out and Scaling Up: Improving Food Security in West Africa

While most food security and land degradation issues stem from the same causes throughout West Africa, the methods to address and reverse these persistent problems differ due to unique political, economic, and social climates in each country. Peter Gubbels, Groundswell’s Director for Action Learning and Advocacy in West Africa, recently summarized our objectives in the region […]

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2013 Annual Report Now Available

We are excited to share our 2013 Annual Report!  Our new report tells the stories of our work with family farmers and cutting-edge local organizations to strengthen rural communities to build healthy farming and food systems from the ground up.   In 2013, we devoted 90% of total expenditures to programs and invested nearly $1.3 million in […]

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Seed Campaign Funds Vegetable Gardens in Burkina Faso

Last year, Groundswell International’s first Spring Seed Campaign reached hundreds of people interested in spreading healthy seeds and food sovereignty. In the United States, we sent out GMO-free seeds to over 700 families while raising funds for seed projects around the world. With the funds raised, we provided support to two community based gardening projects: […]

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