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Joseph Baptiste

Ivoire is a small, rural village in the Chaine des Matheux mountain range in West Haiti. The region is known for poor road access—it takes two hours by foot to reach Ivoire from the nearest town at the bottom of the mountain. Subsistence farming is the way of life for families in Ivoire, but the […]

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2014 Global Conference in Photos

We wish you could have been with us in Haiti for Groundswell’s 2014 Global Conference! This year was a particularly special year because Groundswell International celebrated five years of strengthening rural communities to build healthy farming and food systems from the ground up. Several of our partners also celebrated five year anniversaries this year: EkoRural (Ecuador), […]

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Video: Strengthening Rural Communities in Haiti

Greetings from Haiti! The Groundswell staff, Board, and partners are currently gathering for our Annual Global Conference, a week devoted to learning and sharing successful practices. We are pleased to share the third video in the Groundswell Video Series: “Strengthening Rural Communities in Haiti”, which highlights how Haitian farmers are leveraging farmer-to-farmer networks to share techniques that help […]

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“A Revolution of Thought is Necessary”

An estimated 80 percent of the population in Haiti lives in poverty. Cantave Jean-Baptiste, one of Groundswell’s co-founders, has been working with rural communities in Haiti since 1980. As a trained agronomist and Executive Director of Partenariat pour le Développement Local (PDL), Groundswell’s partner organization in Haiti, Cantave works to organize rural people to address the needs […]

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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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Collaborating for a New Vision of Haiti

On February 11-12 Groundswell International and PDL (Partenariat pour le Développement Local) organized a meeting between funding agencies, peasant organizations and local NGOs in Hinche, Haiti.  Cantave Jean-Baptise, Director of PDL, and Steve Brescia, Executive Director of Groundswell welcomed over 60 people to discuss how to collaborate to spread sustainable farming and local food economies […]

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Whole Earth Summit Announcement

“Heroes are people who say: This is my community, and it’s my responsibility to make it better.” -Tom McCall The Ashevillage Institute is holding a free online conference called The Whole Earth Summit that discusses global issues. The Whole Earth Summit is scheduled March 11-13. Forty-two global leaders will share valuable insights around food, water, […]

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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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Connecting Haitian Community Organizations and Funding Agencies

Steve Brescia, Groundswell International’s Executive Director, just arrived in Haiti for a two-day meeting with local community organizations and funding agencies. The meeting, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with additional support provided by the Inter-American Foundation, is an opportunity for local leaders and funders to discuss plans for rural development and ways to promote sustainable […]

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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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