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Farming Matters: September 2013 Edition

Farming Matters, a quarterly magazine published by one of Groundswell’s West Africa program partners—The Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture in the Netherlands (ILEIA)—aims to highlight participatory knowledge of small-scale agriculture. Bringing to light the intersectionalities between sustainable, small-scale farming, food security, social justice and environmental health, Farming Matters places the work of local farmers […]

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Annual Global Forum kicks off next week in Asheville, NC

We are looking forward to the start of our fifth annual global forum this coming week! As Groundswell International has become more established and solidified, we are excited to both reflect on our progress and successes of the past year, and delve deeper into specific issues regarding our programs; specifically issues of gender, the strengthening […]

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The Battle for African Food Sovereignty

Last week, Groundswell co-founder Fatou Batta and Groundswell partner Bern Guri met in Ethiopia with other African leaders and farmer organizations to discuss strategies for resistance against genetically modified (GM) seeds. The meeting was coordinated by The Alliance for Food Sovereignty (AFSA), a pan-African network established in 2009 to represent the voices of small farmers […]

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Farming Matters: June 2013 Edition

The Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture in the Netherlands (ILEIA), one of Groundswell International’s program partners in West Africa, publishes a quarterly magazine, Farming Matters, in order to share knowledge about small-scale agriculture. Farming Matters places the work of local farmers in a global context, providing examples of how sustainable, small-scale farming helps create […]

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Investing in Lasting Change in Gayeri, Burkina Faso

Groundswell International believes in investing in lasting change. A grounding principle in all of our programs involves asking the question: “How can we further the impact of investments in rural communities so that they are not just beneficial today, but for many years to come?” In 2011, with the financial support of the New Field Foundation, Groundswell and Association […]

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Steve’s Field Notes: Our Collective Power

Dear Friends, How do we mobilize the resources we have to create the future we want? I’ve been thinking about that question during recent travels to Central America and West Africa. I recently returned from Guatemala, where I supported Groundswell’s Regional Facilitator for Latin America, Jackie Chenier, in her facilitation of a workshop to plan a campaign around […]

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2012 Annual Report Now Available

Groundswell International’s most recent annual report is now uploaded to our site!  In 2012, Groundswell worked with local partners in eight countries to help over 300,000 people in community-based women and farmers’ organizations improve their lives and communities. We invested 87% of our total revenue in programs for social change and only 13% in fundraising […]

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Steve’s Field Notes: Groundswell in Action

Dear Friends,  Groundswell’s role is to partner and work with local organizations to spread solutions from the ground up. This month, I had another opportunity to see that vision in action at a training center in Wa, in the far Upper West region of Ghana. We gathered with partners from Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Mali to coordinate and […]

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Strengthening Partnerships in West Africa

Steve Brescia, Executive Director of Groundswell International, recently returned from a two-week trip to West Africa. First stop was in Wa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana, for a workshop with partners ANSD, CIKOD, Sahel Eco, and ILEIA to coordinate and plan for a two year project to spread agroecological farming in West Africa.  […]

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Updates from the Groundswell Board

The following post is written by our Community Outreach Coordinator, Cristina Hall.  This past Saturday I attended my first Groundswell International Board meeting since I joined the team in September of 2012. While I was intellectually aware of how international our Board is, I was really struck with this fact as the members called in […]

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