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Strengthening Partnerships in West Africa

Steve Brescia, Executive Director of Groundswell International, recently returned from a two-week trip to West Africa. First stop was in Wa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana, for a workshop with partners ANSD, CIKOD, Sahel Eco, and ILEIA to coordinate and plan for a two year project to spread agroecological farming in West Africa.  […]

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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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David Lopez

The village of San Antonio of Las Guarumas, in Honduras, has not always been a united community. Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and much of the poverty is concentrated in rural communities like San Antonio. Farming is one of the main sources of income in rural areas, but many regions […]

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Improving agricultural production and food security in Ghana

Since 2010, Groundswell International and the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) have worked together to spread agro-ecological farming to improve food security among the rural population of the Lawra District in the Upper West region of Ghana.  To achieve this, during the past year Groundswell and CIKOD have focused on improving cooperation […]

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Elena Tenelema

“I dreamed of being a leader in my community since I was 16 years old,” said Elena Tenelema. She lives in the tiny village of Tzimbuto located in the central Ecuadorian highlands about 10 miles from the city of Riobamba. Elena is currently serving as the President of New Generation Association, an organization she helped […]

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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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People helping themselves. Your support is critical.

Mardien Etienne, left, and Jille Jacques, weed a peanut field.

We are proud to share Groundswell’s 2011 annual report with you. Groundswell’s partners made incredible progress last year, and it was your generosity that made it all possible. Together we are supporting marginalized rural women and men around the world to regenerate their farms and landscapes, grow more food, and organize to create healthy communities and local economies. […]

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Groundswell supporting El Salvador’s Ministry of Environment in scaling sustainable agriculture

El Salvador, like much of the developing world, was hit hard by the 2008 global food crisis. In recent decades the country has largely deemphasized the domestic agricultural sector, in particular for food production, and depended on importing staples, such as beans and corn, from other Central American countries. When food prices rose and supply […]

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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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Women Farmers Feed the World

Woman in Burkina Faso picking vegetables from her garden.

In West Africa, women’s resistance to the new Green Revolution shows that the question of agricultural sustainability is also a question of equality. It’s harvest season in Burkina Faso. Throughout the West African nation’s rural regions, small farmers—mostly women—are harvesting millet, rice, and sorghum to feed large families. After a full day gathering grains, each […]

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