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Community Solidarity A Key Indicator of Small Farmer Success

A gourd, the hard-shelled fruit that comes from the calabash tree, produces everything from utensils, to bowls to tobacco pipes. Like the gourd, which serves a myriad of practical purposes, a “calabash” in Senegal is a group of women that come together to pool their money, quite literally into a gourd, to support one another […]

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Farmers in Africa Address Deforestation and Hunger with Agroecology

“For those we work with, indigenous knowledge, local knowledge—that is their strength.” These words from Bernard Guri, Groundswell International board member and executive director of our partner organization the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) in Ghana, get to the heart of our mission. Kelle Gregory is one of the farmers that CIKOD […]

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Ecuador Food Sovereignty Under Threat

In 2008, Ecuador’s Constitution uniquely declared the country “Free of Transgenic Seeds and Crops”. This bold move set Ecuador apart as a leader in supporting food sovereignty and effective, farmer-centered agricultural strategies designed to help local farmers maintain and improve their sustainable livelihoods by having the choice to continue using their own native seeds. However, […]

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Five Ways Farmers in Haiti Are Escaping the Poverty Cycle

In Haiti, we are working with thousands of farmers like Jasper in Savanette. They do not want to be ‘given’ help – they want the opportunity to lead their own community development processes. Community participation and leadership are essential for any kind of sustainable change. Groundswell International and our local partners support family farmers to […]

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Will your seeds grow?

Dear Friends, Jasper is determined to succeed. He is determined that the seeds he plants this spring, on his farm in Savanette, Haiti, will produce enough food for his family for the year, and extra to sell for income so that his children can go to school. We think he has a good chance. Because […]

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Groundswell’s New Book Fertile Ground is Now Available!

We are excited to announce that Groundswell International’s new book, Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up, is now available for purchase! As stated in the book’s introduction: “There are about 2.5 billion people in the world, on 500 million farms, involved with smallholder family agriculture and food production. Their creative capacity to farm […]

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Agroecology and the Sustainable Development Goals

In this second part of a three part blog series, we discuss how agroecology supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a dissection of each of the 17 goals and their targets. The SDGs are important because they are the primary international framework for galvanizing action toward eliminating poverty in all its forms by 2030. […]

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