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Putting Agroecology into Practice

The following is the fifth blogpost in Groundswell International’s series “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference”. In this post, Peter Gubbels re-emphasizes how agroecology can simultaneously improve the food and farming system, nourish the world, and significantly reduce carbon emissions. He outlines some of the steps that policy makers and leaders should take to realize this transition. […]

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Agroecology in Africa Addresses Climate Change

The following post is the fourth from the series by Peter Gubbels directed towards change-makers involved in the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. In this post, Peter focuses on the evidence for agroecology in Africa.  In the two earlier posts in this series, I outlined the critical role that agriculture plays in climate change. I argued that any feasible […]

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Documentary: Can the Solutions to Climate Change Help Us Fix Poverty Too?

This post is the third in the series “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference”.  We are excited to share a new documentary with you from Earthrise that focuses on how the solutions for climate change – including agroecology – can also help end extreme poverty. At the end of October, our colleagues in Burkina Faso […]

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COP21 Promises Global Agricultural Transition to Boost Resilience to Climate Change

The following is the second post in a series by Peter Gubbels titled “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.” The series highlights the important role of discussions of agriculture at the COP21 conference, especially in the context of Africa’s smallholder farmers. In this post, Peter reviews conclusions from the COP21 half-day focus on agriculture […]

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Leaders at COP21 Must Look Towards Agricultural Adaptation

Over the past few days, global leaders have been meeting in Paris, France to make commitments regarding climate change. Participants understand that if the global temperature warms by another 2°C, future generations will face devastating, irreversible challenges. The following post is the first in a series by Peter Gubbels titled “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate […]

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Announcing an EXCLUSIVE #GivingTuesday Partnership Campaign

This year, we’re announcing an exclusive #GivingTuesday partnership campaign with Food Tank. By contributing $50 or more on Giving Tuesday, you’ll become a member of BOTH Groundswell International and Food Tank. Nearly one billion people in the world are hungry, and 80 percent of them are rural farmers and food producers. Most of the world’s […]

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10 Key Principles for Supporting Small Scale Farmers in Adapting to Climate Change

Climate change is making it harder and harder for vulnerable populations to overcome hunger and malnutrition. One of these vulnerable populations is small scale farmers. Some 500 million smallholder producers are already feeding 70% of the world’s people on just 20-30% of its arable land[1]. They aren’t talking about if they can do it – […]

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Over 350 Organizations Say No to ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’

In 2010, the FAO introduced the concept of ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’ as a way to address food security and climate change by “sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes; adapting and building resilience to climate change; and reducing and/or removing greenhouse gases emissions, where possible”. Despite its potential, climate smart agriculture has received a lot of concerns […]

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Smallholders’ Access to Fertilizers in Africa – A Critical Rejoinder

The following was written by Peter Gubbels, Groundswell’s Director of Action Learning and Advocacy in West Africa. Peter is based in Ghana and is part of the Community of Practice on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), an international group hosted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that is seeking ways to help small scale […]

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The Many Faces of Resilience

We are thrilled to share with you the June edition of Farming Matters magazine, co-produced by Groundswell International. Farming Matters is a quarterly magazine published by the Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture (ILEIA). Inside this issue, you will learn about “The Many Faces of Resilience” and read the stories of many of the family […]

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