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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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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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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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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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Women’s Leadership in Agroecology Part 2

In the second installment of our interview with regional coordinator for West Africa, Fatou Batta, we dive deeper into the impact of agroecology on women’s lives. Groundswell: We know that you can’t divorce agroecology from the political and economic context in which it occurs. What political and economic changes in West Africa are important to […]

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Lessons from West Africa: Five Leverage Points

Our dynamic program in West Africa works with partners in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Ghana, who collaborate and exchange to sharpen their strategies to better catalyze community-based and farmer-driven agroecology. With this network in place, we strengthen local initiatives and make agroecology more accessible to family farmers through shared learning. Peter Gubbels, Director for […]

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3 Ways to Engage Youth On Small Family Farms

Christian starts his day checking his mangoes and sweet potatoes and preparing to sell his surplus yield to others in his community. He is a young farmer, only 19 years old, but already appreciates the value of agroecology. As a member of a Honduran small farmer organization, he has a support system that helps him […]

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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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