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Farmer-led Crop Experimentation Preview

Groundswell works side-by-side with carefully selected local partner organizations to tap into and spread the rich store of home-grown knowledge, ensuring that the best solutions to hunger, poverty and environmental degradation are rooted in the local context. While on tour visiting our @CIKODGH1 partners in Upper West, Ghana, Steve Brescia narrates/films a rural farmer display […]

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We are winning! This is a little sign that our advocacy work is yielding results.

We’d love for our supporters to see this article below from Ghana. CIKOD, with the support of Groundswell and others, has been strengthening and spreading agroecological alternatives as well as working with a national Agroecology Movement to support laws that strengthen local seed systems and prohibit GMOs.   Ghana does not need GMO to ensure […]

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Nochixtlan, Oaxaca, Mexico – Community Seed Celebration

Your generous support impacts indigenous farming culture around the world, thank you.   The work community organizations are doing with the support of Groundswell to strengthen native seed systems for improved food production and climate resilience is an example of the kinds of changes your generous support impacts. Attached are a couple of photos from […]

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Women’s Project Preserves Cultural Heritage of Mayan Food System in Guatemala

In honor of last month’s International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22nd, we are spotlighting our partners at Qachuu Aloom in Guatemala. Over the past year they have developed a health and nutrition project to strengthen cultural identity and the Mayan-Achi food system. The project aims to preserve knowledge about local plants and seeds, […]

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The GMO Debate Rages in Ecuador over Constitutionality of Seeds

On May 22, the world celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity. For Groundswell International and the partners and communities we work with around the world, the day marks the vital connections between stronger farmer management of local seed varieties, seed sovereignty, diversified family farming, as well as human and environmental health.  Debates about the adoption […]

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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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Starting from Seed, How to Prepare for Spring Planting

The following post is written by Chris Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager for Sow True Seed. Sow True Seed is an open-pollinated, untreated, GMO-free seed company in Asheville, NC offering 400+ varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds featuring heirloom, organic, and traditional favorites. For the past few years, we’ve partnered with Sow True Seed […]

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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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Jeffrey Smith Visits Ecuador to Talk About GMOs

Jeffrey Smith, Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and author of the film “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives”, recently traveled to Ecuador to meet with different government officials and activist groups about the risks of GMOs. Stephen Sherwood, a Groundswell co-founder and Board member who lives in Ecuador, met with Jeffrey while […]

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