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Special Recipe From Our Thanksgiving Table To Yours

At its core, Thanksgiving is a time of celebration, family, shared memories, and did we mention, food? It is celebrated all over the world by many cultures as a time of gratitude for the seasonal harvest. As a special thank you to our supporters and allies, we are happy to share two recipes from our […]

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Coming Together to Stop Child Slavery in Haiti

We believe in the power of people and communities to improve their lives, often overcoming daunting challenges. The work of Groundswell and our partners is ultimately to invest in that power. Agroecological farming is a core strategy that allows rural families improve food production, income, organization and land regeneration. But as community organizations get stronger, […]

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Women’s Project Preserves Cultural Heritage of Mayan Food System in Guatemala

In honor of last month’s International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22nd, we are spotlighting our partners at Qachuu Aloom in Guatemala. Over the past year they have developed a health and nutrition project to strengthen cultural identity and the Mayan-Achi food system. The project aims to preserve knowledge about local plants and seeds, […]

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The GMO Debate Rages in Ecuador over Constitutionality of Seeds

On May 22, the world celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity. For Groundswell International and the partners and communities we work with around the world, the day marks the vital connections between stronger farmer management of local seed varieties, seed sovereignty, diversified family farming, as well as human and environmental health.  Debates about the adoption […]

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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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New Curriculum Tackles Food Insecurity in Rural US

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Grow Food Where People Live gardening and food curriculum produced in partnership with the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) and The McCullough Institute for Conservation, Land Use and Environmental Resiliency. The curriculum is the fruit of more than a year-and-a-half of action research conducted by […]

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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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Groundswell International & Food First Launch Highly Anticipated Book on Agroecology

This past Tuesday, June 5, Groundswell International Executive Director, Steve Brescia and Food First Executive Director, Eric Holt-Gimenez, joined friends and fans at Busboys and Poets for the official Washington, DC launch of our new book: Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up. The event, hosted by Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC, was […]

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Steve’s Field Notes: Regenerate in 2017

Dear Friends, Now more than ever, we need to create farming, food systems and local economies that regenerate our land, our families’ health, and our communities.  We also need to regenerate our hope, solidarity and commitment. That is what Groundswell International is all about – connecting circles of people who work together to build that […]

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