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Grateful for the work being done to create a ground swell of change

Global support for agroecology is growing. The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) conference in Rome in April 2018, the spread of community-led agroecological alternatives, and increasing media coverage are signs of that growth. We’re proud to have been a part of this conversation for the last decade and couldn’t be more excited to see […]

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Special Recipe From Our Thanksgiving Table To Yours

At its core, Thanksgiving is a time of celebration, family, shared memories, and did we mention, food? It is celebrated all over the world by many cultures as a time of gratitude for the seasonal harvest. As a special thank you to our supporters and allies, we are happy to share two recipes from our […]

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Coming Together to Stop Child Slavery in Haiti

We believe in the power of people and communities to improve their lives, often overcoming daunting challenges. The work of Groundswell and our partners is ultimately to invest in that power. Agroecological farming is a core strategy that allows rural families improve food production, income, organization and land regeneration. But as community organizations get stronger, […]

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Groundswell Publishes Agroecology Plus Six Case Studies and Policy Notes

Dear Friends, Groundswell International supports farmer-led innovation to strengthen and amplify agroecology. The urgent task in West Africa is to support, assess and document effective strategies, so that millions of people can overcome the daunting challenges of declining soil fertility, food production, and growing malnutrition. We are pleased to share with you the results, lessons […]

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Mali Drives FMNR for Over Two Decades

Mali, part of West Africa’s notoriously barren Sahel region, birthed FMNR (farmer managed natural regeneration) out of necessity. Between 1960-1990 a confluence of causes collided to give rise to accelerated soil degradation. Climate change, flawed agricultural policies, and population pressures all exacerbated deforestation and desertification. Fortunately, these pressures sparked local leaders in the area of […]

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Women’s Project Preserves Cultural Heritage of Mayan Food System in Guatemala

In honor of last month’s International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22nd, we are spotlighting our partners at Qachuu Aloom in Guatemala. Over the past year they have developed a health and nutrition project to strengthen cultural identity and the Mayan-Achi food system. The project aims to preserve knowledge about local plants and seeds, […]

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The GMO Debate Rages in Ecuador over Constitutionality of Seeds

On May 22, the world celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity. For Groundswell International and the partners and communities we work with around the world, the day marks the vital connections between stronger farmer management of local seed varieties, seed sovereignty, diversified family farming, as well as human and environmental health.  Debates about the adoption […]

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Groundswell’s FAO Delegates’ 11 Recommendations for the future of Agroecology

Last month, from April 3-5 the FAO held the second International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up Agroecology to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Rome, Italy. The symposium brought together representatives from the UN, governments, NGOs, farmers and women’s movements and academics. Groundswell International sent four delegates representing our staff, board and partner organizations. […]

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Update from Steve Brescia, Executive Director

Dear Friends, We are so pleased to share with you updates on what we are accomplishing together – as well as the amazing opportunities that lie ahead if we continue to invest in and strengthen the power of communities and local organizations to generate and amplify real solutions. In 2009, we founded Groundswell International as […]

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The Agroecology +6 Framework Builds Rapid Resilience in the Sahel

In Africa’s Sahel region, the trifecta of drought, erratic rainfall and degraded lands make farmers particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Groundswell and its partners in West Africa promote resilience strategies for the nearly 12 million small scale farmers in this ecologically fragile and risk prone area. Peter Gubbels, Groundswell’s Director of Action […]

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