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Celebrating Opportunities for Women

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2013, our Community Outreach Coordinator, Cristina Hall, wrote an article about some of the actions Groundswell is taking every day in support of social equality and women’s empowerment. Groundswell believes that social equity is critical to building healthy, resilient communities. As a woman and an advocate for social equity, I […]

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Strengthening the Resilience of Dryland Communities

Groundswell International and The AgriCultures Network recently published a joint article titled “Strengthening the Resilience of Dryland Communities: Towards a New Paradigm” in the December 2012 edition of Farming Matters. The article discusses how the focus for rural development should not be just on increasing agricultural productivity, but also on strengthening resilience to climate change and […]

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No “silver bullet” solution to managing the food crisis

“It is a tragic irony that the most food insecure people in Africa are small scale farmers,” Peter Gubbels, Groundswell International’s Facilitator for West Africa, said recently in an interview with the Italian magazine Long-Term Economy. “Most of the extreme poor depend on agriculture and related activities for a significant part of their livelihoods. Agricultural […]

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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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Improving agricultural production and food security in Ghana

Since 2010, Groundswell International and the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) have worked together to spread agro-ecological farming to improve food security among the rural population of the Lawra District in the Upper West region of Ghana.  To achieve this, during the past year Groundswell and CIKOD have focused on improving cooperation […]

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Scaling agroecology to improve food security in Burkina Faso and Ghana

Women farmers in Burkina Faso learning new agricultural techniques

The semi-arid Sahelian zone of West Africa is one of the poorest regions in the world. The majority of people there lives in rural areas and survives as small-scale farmers in an extremely harsh climate. In recent years the region’s rapidly growing population, declining soil fertility, increased climate variability, a lack of income diversification, and […]

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Groundswell partnership wins $200,000 grant to scale farmer-led agroecology in West Africa

Last week the International Fund to Amplify Agro-Ecological Solutions, an initiative of the New Venture Fund, made a two-year, $200,000 grant to Groundswell International to work with partners in Burkina Faso, northern Ghana, and Mali to strengthen and amplify existing farmer and women-led initiatives and organizations in order to spread agro-ecological farming systems, reinforce movements […]

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Strengthening resilience to the food crisis in Africa’s Sahel

“The development model in the Sahel, particularly around agriculture, is not addressing the food, nutrition or environmental needs of most of the population, and there is a need for a paradigm shift,” said Peter Gubbels in a recent interview.  Gubbels is Groundswell International’s Regional Facilitator for West Africa.  From July 8-18 he shared these perspectives […]

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Progress report on agroecology, saving and credit program in Ghana

In July 2011, The Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) joined Groundswell International’s global partnership, and in September CIKOD and Groundswell launched a program to promote agro-ecology, women’s savings and credit and related activities in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Among the first activities was an exchange visit organized between women leaders […]

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