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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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African Food Sovereignty Alliance on GMOS in Africa

The Washington Post Editorial Board published an opinion piece in October 2013 titled, “Genetically modified crops should be a part of Africa’s food future”. The editors argued, “it is a shame to abandon these crops based on irrational fears and suspicions. If Europeans choose to forego genetically modified food, they can do so without risking […]

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The Battle for African Food Sovereignty

Last week, Groundswell co-founder Fatou Batta and Groundswell partner Bern Guri met in Ethiopia with other African leaders and farmer organizations to discuss strategies for resistance against genetically modified (GM) seeds. The meeting was coordinated by The Alliance for Food Sovereignty (AFSA), a pan-African network established in 2009 to represent the voices of small farmers […]

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2012 Annual Report Now Available

Groundswell International’s most recent annual report is now uploaded to our site!  In 2012, Groundswell worked with local partners in eight countries to help over 300,000 people in community-based women and farmers’ organizations improve their lives and communities. We invested 87% of our total revenue in programs for social change and only 13% in fundraising […]

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Steve’s Field Notes: Groundswell in Action

Dear Friends,  Groundswell’s role is to partner and work with local organizations to spread solutions from the ground up. This month, I had another opportunity to see that vision in action at a training center in Wa, in the far Upper West region of Ghana. We gathered with partners from Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Mali to coordinate and […]

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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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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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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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Groundswell partnership wins $200,000 grant to scale farmer-led agroecology in West Africa

Last week the International Fund to Amplify Agro-Ecological Solutions, an initiative of the New Venture Fund, made a two-year, $200,000 grant to Groundswell International to work with partners in Burkina Faso, northern Ghana, and Mali to strengthen and amplify existing farmer and women-led initiatives and organizations in order to spread agro-ecological farming systems, reinforce movements […]

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Strengthening resilience to the food crisis in Africa’s Sahel

“The development model in the Sahel, particularly around agriculture, is not addressing the food, nutrition or environmental needs of most of the population, and there is a need for a paradigm shift,” said Peter Gubbels in a recent interview.  Gubbels is Groundswell International’s Regional Facilitator for West Africa.  From July 8-18 he shared these perspectives […]

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