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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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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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Groundswell Participating in First Annual Food Tank Summit

Today is the second day of the First Annual Food Tank Summit in partnership with The George Washington University Office of Sustainability. The event has brought together more than 75 expert speakers across the food industry including chefs, nonprofit groups, activists, entrepreneurs, and policymakers.  This afternoon, Executive Director Steve Brescia is participating in a panel on […]

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World AIDS Day 2014: Close the Gap

There are over 35 million people around the world living with HIV/AIDS and every year, more are infected. In the United States, many people living with HIV have access to effective treatments, early detection, and known prevention strategies. In other parts of the world, however, HIV threatens the lives of marginalized people living in extreme poverty. […]

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Bittman on How to Change the Food System

There are over 850 million hungry people in the world who experience hunger. Current estimates say that our planet will hold nine billion people by the year 2050, so a common question is “how to feed the nine billion”. At the New York Times’ “Food for Tomorrow” Conference, renowned journalist Mark Bittman tackled this question by re-framing […]

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Need for Raised Resiliency in Senegal

Senegal, like other countries located in the Sahel region of Africa, is experiencing a major food crisis. And this crisis is growing. Last year 11.3 million Senegalese were in need of food and nutritional assistance; this year 20 million people are in need. In the past, Senegal has not been affected by drought as much as […]

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Rene Lucero: Our Family Farm

The following post was written by Groundswell co-founder Rene Lucero, who lives in the Philippines and has been involved with local NGOs doing agricultural and community health outreach for over 20 years. Rene is currently helping to coordinate Groundswell’s pilot project in the Philippines, working with the Mag-uugmad Foundation to support family farmers on the […]

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“Agroecology is Common Sense”

“Food is the place – seed is the place – where we have to reclaim our democracy,” Dr. Vandana Shiva recently said to a crowd at the first annual Voedesel Anders / Food Otherwise Conference. The conference, which took place at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, brought together over 800 people that are working to […]

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UN Special Rapporteur Calls for Political Change in Food Systems

In his final report, Olivier De Schutter, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, urges transformation of our broken food system dominated by corporate agriculture to one that emphasizes local food, produced ecologically by small and medium sized producers. De Schutter, a professor of law at the University of Louvain, Belgium, was appointed […]

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Collaborating for a New Vision of Haiti

On February 11-12 Groundswell International and PDL (Partenariat pour le Développement Local) organized a meeting between funding agencies, peasant organizations and local NGOs in Hinche, Haiti.  Cantave Jean-Baptise, Director of PDL, and Steve Brescia, Executive Director of Groundswell welcomed over 60 people to discuss how to collaborate to spread sustainable farming and local food economies […]

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