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No, Food Justice Is Not A Trend – These College Students Prove That

The way we think about food systems is largely shaped by a dominant narrative that underpins the following myths: “We can only feed the growing world population by increasing agricultural productivity based largely on the use of industrial inputs. Only biotech science and the global food corporations can find effective solutions to feed the world. […]

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Grateful for the work being done to create a ground swell of change

Global support for agroecology is growing. The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) conference in Rome in April 2018, the spread of community-led agroecological alternatives, and increasing media coverage are signs of that growth. We’re proud to have been a part of this conversation for the last decade and couldn’t be more excited to see […]

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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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Groundswell Publishes Agroecology Plus Six Case Studies and Policy Notes

Dear Friends, Groundswell International supports farmer-led innovation to strengthen and amplify agroecology. The urgent task in West Africa is to support, assess and document effective strategies, so that millions of people can overcome the daunting challenges of declining soil fertility, food production, and growing malnutrition. We are pleased to share with you the results, lessons […]

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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 Agroecology +6 Framework Builds Rapid Resilience in the Sahel

In Africa’s Sahel region, the trifecta of drought, erratic rainfall and degraded lands make farmers particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Groundswell and its partners in West Africa promote resilience strategies for the nearly 12 million small scale farmers in this ecologically fragile and risk prone area. Peter Gubbels, Groundswell’s Director of Action […]

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Women in Nepal Break A Legacy of Poverty with Agroecology

What does it take to economically empower women and girls from the Dalit caste, historically one of the most marginalized and under-resourced groups in Nepal? “Women’s savings and credit groups are the entry point,” says Chris Sacco, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Groundswell. Men often leave the community to find economic opportunities outside of the […]

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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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Women’s Leadership in Agroecology Part 2

In the second installment of our interview with regional coordinator for West Africa, Fatou Batta, we dive deeper into the impact of agroecology on women’s lives. Groundswell: We know that you can’t divorce agroecology from the political and economic context in which it occurs. What political and economic changes in West Africa are important to […]

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Women’s Leadership in Agroecology

Recently, we connected with Fatou Batta, our regional coordinator for West Africa, based in Burkina Faso. With Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day both occurring this month, we wanted to know more about the intersection of women and agroecology from her perspective. Over the next three weeks we will be sharing her insights. Here […]

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