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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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Steve’s Field Notes: West Africa & Haiti

Dear Friends, Groundswell is about catalyzing change – not just implementing short-term projects. When Groundswell was established in 2009, we made the intentional choice to create a partnership of rooted local organizations led by visionary people. We believe that the creativity and initiative of our partners around the world will strengthen and shape our global […]

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Limata Zagre

In the eastern region of Burkina Faso sits the small town of Gayeri. Farmers from Gayeri must trek 80 kilometers to the regional capital of Farda to sell their crops. It is an arduous journey where travelers risk being attacked by thieves, and, all too often it results in little economic gain. Limata Zagré, a […]

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Advocating for Agroecology in West Africa

Steve Brescia, Groundswell International’s Executive Director, is currently in Burkina Faso for the second workshop of a two-year regional project to scale agroecology in West Africa funded by the New Venture Fund’s International Fund to Amplify Agro-Ecological Solutions (IFAAES). The project builds on Groundswell’s work strengthening family farmers and farmers’ organizations in Burkina Faso, Ghana, […]

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What Your Support Helped Accomplish in 2013

With 2014 underway, Groundswell International would like to reflect on 2013 and celebrate another wonderful year of collaboration with our global partners. In Haiti, West Africa, Latin America, and now Asia, we continue working to build healthy farming and food systems from the ground up. Below we have provided some key highlights of 2013. New […]

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Farmers Teach Farmers in Burkina Faso

By Fatou Batta, Tsuamba Bourgou, and Clarisse Diasso of Association Nourrir sans Détruire in Burkina Faso To overcome decreasing soil fertility and achieve food security in North East Burkina Faso, rural communities have started to engage in farmer-to-farmer trainings on agroecological techniques. These techniques have shown their effectiveness in restoring soil fertility and thus increasing production, thereby improving […]

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Spring Seed Campaign Update

We want to thank everyone who participated in last year’s Spring Seed Campaign for their support! With your help, we spread healthy, non-GMO seeds to families across the United States while raising over $2,700 for food sovereignty and healthy seed systems!  The purpose of our annual Spring Seed Campaign is simple: to celebrate heirloom seeds […]

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African Food Sovereignty Alliance on GMOS in Africa

The Washington Post Editorial Board published an opinion piece in October 2013 titled, “Genetically modified crops should be a part of Africa’s food future”. The editors argued, “it is a shame to abandon these crops based on irrational fears and suspicions. If Europeans choose to forego genetically modified food, they can do so without risking […]

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Tindamo Lanoaga

Tindamo Lanoaga  is an entrepreneurial farmer who uses innovative farming techniques in his community of Diamdiara, a village located in the Sahel region of West Africa. He is one of the first farmers to practice farmer-managed natural regeneration of trees (FMNR) in Diamdiara. After learning of FMNR through cross visits and trainings supported by Groundswell […]

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