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Video: Cultivating the Future Women Farmers in Ghana

Below is the fourth and final video in the Groundswell Video Series! In Africa, there is a saying: “I am because we are”. We are all part of a global food and farming system, and there are thousands of family farmers, activists, local organizations, and passionate individuals just like you working together to strengthen food sovereignty, stand […]

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Scaling Out and Scaling Up: Improving Food Security in West Africa

While most food security and land degradation issues stem from the same causes throughout West Africa, the methods to address and reverse these persistent problems differ due to unique political, economic, and social climates in each country. Peter Gubbels, Groundswell’s Director for Action Learning and Advocacy in West Africa, recently summarized our objectives in the region […]

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Smallholders’ Access to Fertilizers in Africa – A Critical Rejoinder

The following was written by Peter Gubbels, Groundswell’s Director of Action Learning and Advocacy in West Africa. Peter is based in Ghana and is part of the Community of Practice on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), an international group hosted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that is seeking ways to help small scale […]

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Moving From Vulnerability to Resilience in Africa

The following are excerpts from “Moving From Vulnerability to Resilience in Africa,” written by Peter Gubbels, Groundswell’s Director of Action Learning & Advocacy. This article originally appeared in the June 2014 edition of Farming Matters magazine.  In August 2012, the Seidu family had to cope with the bad harvest. Like many farming families in northern Ghana, they had […]

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2013 Annual Report Now Available

We are excited to share our 2013 Annual Report!  Our new report tells the stories of our work with family farmers and cutting-edge local organizations to strengthen rural communities to build healthy farming and food systems from the ground up.   In 2013, we devoted 90% of total expenditures to programs and invested nearly $1.3 million in […]

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Indigenous Foods for Food Sovereignty of Women in Northern Ghana

By Mary Assumpta Mwinsigten, Pognaa Patricia Dianon, and Rebecca A Sabri of the Rural Women’s Association of Ghana (RUWFAG)  The inability of families to provide three meals a day is a huge cry that we hear coming from the Lawra District in Northern Ghana. For years, the government provided free chemicals and fertilizers to farmers […]

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Steve’s Field Notes: West Africa & Haiti

Dear Friends, Groundswell is about catalyzing change – not just implementing short-term projects. When Groundswell was established in 2009, we made the intentional choice to create a partnership of rooted local organizations led by visionary people. We believe that the creativity and initiative of our partners around the world will strengthen and shape our global […]

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Advocating for Agroecology in West Africa

Steve Brescia, Groundswell International’s Executive Director, is currently in Burkina Faso for the second workshop of a two-year regional project to scale agroecology in West Africa funded by the New Venture Fund’s International Fund to Amplify Agro-Ecological Solutions (IFAAES). The project builds on Groundswell’s work strengthening family farmers and farmers’ organizations in Burkina Faso, Ghana, […]

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Growing debate in Ghana over Plant Breeder’s Bill

There is currently growing debate in Ghana over a piece of legislation called the Plant Breeder’s Bill which would provide “plant breeders”, (i.e. agri-businesses and research institutions) proprietary rights over seeds, rather than farmers. Many are concerned that the bill would make it illegal for farmers to save and plant externally produced seed. Last week, […]

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What Your Support Helped Accomplish in 2013

With 2014 underway, Groundswell International would like to reflect on 2013 and celebrate another wonderful year of collaboration with our global partners. In Haiti, West Africa, Latin America, and now Asia, we continue working to build healthy farming and food systems from the ground up. Below we have provided some key highlights of 2013. New […]

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