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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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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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Special Recipe From Our Thanksgiving Table To Yours

At its core, Thanksgiving is a time of celebration, family, shared memories, and did we mention, food? It is celebrated all over the world by many cultures as a time of gratitude for the seasonal harvest. As a special thank you to our supporters and allies, we are happy to share two recipes from our […]

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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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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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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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