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The Many Faces of Resilience

We are thrilled to share with you the June edition of Farming Matters magazine, co-produced by Groundswell International. Farming Matters is a quarterly magazine published by the Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture (ILEIA). Inside this issue, you will learn about “The Many Faces of Resilience” and read the stories of many of the family […]

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New Collaboration with Buchi Kombucha and Sow True Seed

We are excited to announce a new way you can get involved with Groundswell and our mission to strengthen healthy food and farming systems! Through our new partnership with Asheville-based social enterprises Buchi Kombucha and Sow True Seed, you can support Groundswell by purchasing Buchi SEED, a new kombucha flavor that donates five cents of every bottle sold directly […]

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Need for Raised Resiliency in Senegal

Senegal, like other countries located in the Sahel region of Africa, is experiencing a major food crisis. And this crisis is growing. Last year 11.3 million Senegalese were in need of food and nutritional assistance; this year 20 million people are in need. In the past, Senegal has not been affected by drought as much as […]

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Seed Campaign Funds Vegetable Gardens in Burkina Faso

Last year, Groundswell International’s first Spring Seed Campaign reached hundreds of people interested in spreading healthy seeds and food sovereignty. In the United States, we sent out GMO-free seeds to over 700 families while raising funds for seed projects around the world. With the funds raised, we provided support to two community based gardening projects: […]

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“Agroecology is Common Sense”

“Food is the place – seed is the place – where we have to reclaim our democracy,” Dr. Vandana Shiva recently said to a crowd at the first annual Voedesel Anders / Food Otherwise Conference. The conference, which took place at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, brought together over 800 people that are working to […]

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UN Special Rapporteur Calls for Political Change in Food Systems

In his final report, Olivier De Schutter, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, urges transformation of our broken food system dominated by corporate agriculture to one that emphasizes local food, produced ecologically by small and medium sized producers. De Schutter, a professor of law at the University of Louvain, Belgium, was appointed […]

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Collaborating for a New Vision of Haiti

On February 11-12 Groundswell International and PDL (Partenariat pour le Développement Local) organized a meeting between funding agencies, peasant organizations and local NGOs in Hinche, Haiti.  Cantave Jean-Baptise, Director of PDL, and Steve Brescia, Executive Director of Groundswell welcomed over 60 people to discuss how to collaborate to spread sustainable farming and local food economies […]

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Women Inspiring Women

In honor of International Women’s Day, some of the women of Groundswell wanted to honor some of the women who inspire them. Cristina Hall, Caeley Kane, and Allison Mercurio from Groundswell’s Asheville coordination office share the stories of some of the women  they’ve been inspired by.       Cristina Hall, Community Outreach Coordinator I am […]

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Steve’s Field Notes: West Africa & Haiti

Dear Friends, Groundswell is about catalyzing change – not just implementing short-term projects. When Groundswell was established in 2009, we made the intentional choice to create a partnership of rooted local organizations led by visionary people. We believe that the creativity and initiative of our partners around the world will strengthen and shape our global […]

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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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