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Join us in celebrating Giving Tuesday!

Today marks the official kick-off of the first annual #GivingTuesday, a national campaign that encourages charitable giving to support the work of non-profit organizations. Groundswell is excited to participate in an event that brings so much awareness to causes and people in need. Here’s how you can make an impact today: Make a donation to […]

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Elena Tenelema

“I dreamed of being a leader in my community since I was 16 years old,” said Elena Tenelema. She lives in the tiny village of Tzimbuto located in the central Ecuadorian highlands about 10 miles from the city of Riobamba. Elena is currently serving as the President of New Generation Association, an organization she helped […]

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Biotech industry receives US Government support in bid to undermine Ecuador’s constitutional prohibition of GMOs

Multinational biotech firms are actively working to undermine our food sovereignty – our right to grow and eat the food we want. These companies would have us believe that their genetically modified seeds are part of the solution to global hunger and food insecurity. They insist that they welcome all approaches, even agroecological ones that […]

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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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