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COP21 Promises Global Agricultural Transition to Boost Resilience to Climate Change

The following is the second post in a series by Peter Gubbels titled “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.” The series highlights the important role of discussions of agriculture at the COP21 conference, especially in the context of Africa’s smallholder farmers. In this post, Peter reviews conclusions from the COP21 half-day focus on agriculture […]

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Announcing an EXCLUSIVE #GivingTuesday Partnership Campaign

This year, we’re announcing an exclusive #GivingTuesday partnership campaign with Food Tank. By contributing $50 or more on Giving Tuesday, you’ll become a member of BOTH Groundswell International and Food Tank. Nearly one billion people in the world are hungry, and 80 percent of them are rural farmers and food producers. Most of the world’s […]

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Join Us at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Fall Conference!

This weekend, November 6-8th, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is hosting their 30th annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham, NC. The conference is a place for people of all backgrounds to come together to connect and share ideas for creating a healthier food future, through a diverse array of workshops, events, meeting, and locally-inspired […]

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10 Key Principles for Supporting Small Scale Farmers in Adapting to Climate Change

Climate change is making it harder and harder for vulnerable populations to overcome hunger and malnutrition. One of these vulnerable populations is small scale farmers. Some 500 million smallholder producers are already feeding 70% of the world’s people on just 20-30% of its arable land[1]. They aren’t talking about if they can do it – […]

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Groundswell International Selected as a Winner of the Global Resilience Challenge

We are thrilled to announce that out of nearly 500 applications submitted, the Groundswell International team was selected as a winning team of the Global Resilience Challenge! The Global Resilience Challenge is a multi-stage design competition designed to surface transformative resilience solutions to problems that threaten the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations […]

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Over 350 Organizations Say No to ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’

In 2010, the FAO introduced the concept of ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’ as a way to address food security and climate change by “sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes; adapting and building resilience to climate change; and reducing and/or removing greenhouse gases emissions, where possible”. Despite its potential, climate smart agriculture has received a lot of concerns […]

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Summer Garden Update from Polk County

The following is an update from Sydney Klein, Program Coordinator for Grow Food Where People Live, our program in Western North Carolina done in collaboration with Polk County Government and the Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center. Grow Food Where People Live is grounded in a bottom up approach to community-based food production and economic development, and builds […]

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Beyond Food Philosophy: A Response to The Washington Post

The following post, written by Peter Gubbels, is a response to the recent Washington Post article: “Why everyone who is sure about a food philosophy is wrong”. Peter is Groundswell International’s Director of Action Learning and Advocacy in West Africa.  I would agree there are blatantly polemical, entrenched positions being taken on both sides of the GMO […]

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