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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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Steve’s Field Notes: Regenerate in 2017

Dear Friends, Now more than ever, we need to create farming, food systems and local economies that regenerate our land, our families’ health, and our communities.  We also need to regenerate our hope, solidarity and commitment. That is what Groundswell International is all about – connecting circles of people who work together to build that […]

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In Memory of Paul Milburn

On November 25, Groundswell International lost a tremendous friend and supporter. Paul Milburn, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, died at the age of 85. From our founding in 2009, Paul has been one of Groundswell’s most generous and faithful supporters. Steve Brescia, Groundswell’s Executive Director, said: “Paul helped us with initial seed funding to create our program […]

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Empower family farmers by joining us on #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. By participating in #GivingTuesday on November 29, 2016 you become part of a worldwide movement of generosity and empowerment. This #GivingTuesday, we’ve set a goal to empower 100 farmers, […]

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Agroecology and the Sustainable Development Goals: An Introduction

“Ours can be the first generation to end poverty – and the last generation to address climate change before it is too late.” – Ban-Ki Moon, UN Secretary General If you consider yourself to have even a slight interest in current global affairs, then you’ve probably heard of the United Nation’s elaborate international framework to […]

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15 Top Updates from the Ground in 2015

2015 was an exciting year of growth and inspiration for Groundswell International. We are thrilled to have seen growing global recognition that in order to truly address hunger, poverty, and climate change in the long-term, we must empower people to help themselves, partner with local communities, and invest in farming practices that are better for people and the planet. We’ve enjoyed sharing […]

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Social Movements and Allies at COP21 Call for Transformation of Food Systems and Agroecology

The following is the sixth post in Groundswell International’s climate change series, addressing considerations for the 2015 Paris climate change conference. As the delegates to the COP21 deliberate the final agreements in Paris, social movements and allies within the ‘Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles’ are advocating for climate justice and real solutions to the […]

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