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Haiti’s rural communities lead the way toward national renewal

Three years have passed since the January 12, 2010 earthquake, and Haiti still waits for the implementation of a comprehensive earthquake reconstruction plan. Many thousands of families still live under tents or in makeshift homes without any basic services and on land that is at-risk from flooding and landslides. The economic infrastructure still waits to […]

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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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Building resilient communities in Haiti

Hurricane Isaac hit Haiti on August 24th.  While it could have been far worse, the country is extremely vulnerable to disasters and the storm still caused severe flooding, loss of houses, crops and livestock and new outbreaks of cholera. The resilience of rural communities, their ability to work together to improve their lives, is not […]

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Baseball in the Time of Cholera

Just 10 months after the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake, one of the largest cholera epidemics in modern history swept across Haiti. As of June 10, 2012, 555,328 cases of cholera had been reported, over 300,000 people had been hospitalized, and the disease had killed 7,260 people since the outbreak began. The situation stabilized for […]

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Frequent natural disasters devastate farmers, limit food supply in Haiti

Natural disasters are frequent in Haiti, and many peasant farmers say they must start over after each one. They complain that foreign aid is not reaching them and government initiatives are misguided. Some are migrating to cities, reducing food production nationwide. By Rosenie Mont-Gerard, Reporter, Global Press Institute Haiti News Desk JÉRÉMIE, HAITI – Juste […]

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Community-managed seed banks strengthen food security and food sovereignty in Haiti

Community-managed seed banks strengthen food security and food sovereignty in Haiti

In Haiti and around the world, the loss of local seed production is undermining small-scale agriculture and the food security and food sovereignty of rural people. Environmental stresses, natural disasters and corporate interests have conspired in recent years to dramatically reduce the number of small farmers who reproduce their own seed. When people can no […]

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Soccer league joins Groundswell in supporting rural Haiti

On Tuesday, May 1st from 7 to 10PM, the Asheville Buncombe Adult Soccer Association and Groundswell International are hosting a fundraiser at Barleys Taproom & Pizzeria to support soccer and rural development in one of the poorest areas of Haiti. Donations made during the event will be used to help the Peasant Organization of the 7th […]

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Paris Saintilma

We often share stories about Groundswell’s efforts to scale up sustainable agriculture, address technical issues, and strengthen local food systems. While all of this work is critical, it is important to remember that it depends on establishing relationships and building trust with farmers. This story by our colleague Cantave Jean-Baptiste, Director of Partenariat pour le […]

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Interview with Cantave Jean-Baptiste about PDL’s work in Haiti

Q.  More analysts are recognizing that the foundation for Haiti’s future development needs to be built on support to family farmers and rural communities to improve agriculture and food production and decentralize development. But from your perspective, how do you do that? A.  Partenariat pour le Développement Local (PDL) supports small farmer families to improve […]

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