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Rubila Candela

With an average monthly income of less than $200, it was nearly impossible for Rubila Candela to feed her family healthy food. She relied on frying and lots of butter and cheese to flavor the stale produce she bought from the corner store. This unhealthy diet was contributing to Rubila’s increasing body weight, high blood […]

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EkoRural advances the movement for people-centered, rural development in Ecuador

EkoRural, a key Groundswell partner, continues its innovative fieldwork, advancing the movement for people-centered, rural development in Ecuador. With financial support from The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation, the Swift Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Dutch Embassy, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research,  and UNDP, EkoRural is working to spread agroecological farming and strengthen local seed and […]

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EkoRural plays key role in shaping Ecuador’s national food sovereignty movement

In December 2010, as part of Ecuador’s landmark Food Sovereignty Law, the Ecuadorian Congress established the Conferencia Plurinacional e Intercultural de Soberania Alimentaria – COPISA (Intercultural Council on Food Sovereignty) to engage civil society organizations and citizens in the design and implementation of its constitutional mandate to promote food sovereignty. EkoRural has strategically supported two […]

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Momentum… keep it going in 2012

Dear Friends, Like Cilianna Mars in La Victoire, Haiti, who leads work in her community to improve health through disease prevention and the production of natural medicines, we are happy with our progress and greatly appreciate your support. We have incredible momentum going into 2012. Last week we received a $30,000 grant from the Mary […]

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A Thanksgiving message from Ecuador

Boy at Community Food Basket market day in Riobamba, Ecuador.

With Thanksgiving day just a week away for Groundswell supporters in the U.S., we wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude for helping us strengthen rural and urban people around the world to work together to create healthy local food systems. Please take a look at a slide show we put together to […]

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Taking advantage of new opportunities: health, urban-rural linkages, and climate change (part 7 of 8)

This is the seventh post in an eight-part series about how we can transform the roles of non-governmental organizations like Groundswell to make food sovereignty a reality. Read the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth posts. Taking advantage of new opportunities: health, urban-rural linkages, and climate change “In rural Burkina,” says Fatou Batta, “we […]

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Advocating policy reform without neglecting crucial practices (part 6 of 8)

This is the sixth post in an eight-part series about how we can transform the roles of non-governmental organizations like Groundswell to make food sovereignty a reality. Read the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth posts. Advocate policy reform without neglecting crucial practices Social movements in Ecuador are powerful and have had notable success in […]

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Strengthening community-led development and food security in rural Ecuador

In January, with financial support from the Mary Tidlund Foundation, Groundswell and Ekorural began the process of strengthening the capacity of community-based organizations in six marginalized rural communities in Ecuador to lead their own development process. The six communities – Tzimbuto-Quincahuán, Santa Ana, Galtes, Unalagua, Chirinche Bajo, and Compañía Baja – are located in fragile […]

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Ekorural and partners win grant to advance sustainable food production and nutrition in the Andes

Ekorural, a Groundswell partner organization based in Ecuador, along with Wageningen University’s Communication and Innovation Studies Group, and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences recently won a grant from WOTRO, a division of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research that supports scientific research on development issues, in particular poverty alleviation and sustainable development. The […]

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“Mobilising our greatest resource for continuity and change: people”

Steve Sherwood, a Groundswell co-founder, wrote a compelling article titled, “Mobilising our greatest resource for continuity and change: people”, for the latest issue of Farming Matters, the flagship publication of the ILEIA Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture. Steve examines some of the ideas, including those of anthropologist Ronald Wright and Honduran farmer-philosopher Elias Sanchez, […]

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