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Strengthening Partnerships in West Africa

Steve Brescia, Executive Director of Groundswell International, recently returned from a two-week trip to West Africa. First stop was in Wa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana, for a workshop with partners ANSD, CIKOD, Sahel Eco, and ILEIA to coordinate and plan for a two year project to spread agroecological farming in West Africa.  […]

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In Honor of Madame Fatima Addy

Groundswell is sad to report the passing of Madame Fatima Addy, one of the inspiring women leaders who worked in Northern Ghana to strengthen community organizations and spread sustainable agriculture practices. Madame Fatima understood the challenges faced by rural women farmers, and helped them experiment with farming methods to increase food production and revitalize the […]

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Partnership with One Day’s Wages to Support Women Farmers in Ghana

Groundswell International is excited to announce our partnership with One Day’s Wages to raise funds for a project that supports women’s groups working to address economic insecurity and hunger in Northern Ghana. Since 2010, Groundswell has partnered with the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) to overcome the root causes of poverty in […]

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Updates from the Groundswell Board

The following post is written by our Community Outreach Coordinator, Cristina Hall.  This past Saturday I attended my first Groundswell International Board meeting since I joined the team in September of 2012. While I was intellectually aware of how international our Board is, I was really struck with this fact as the members called in […]

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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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