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Updates from the Groundswell Board

The following post is written by our Community Outreach Coordinator, Cristina Hall.  This past Saturday I attended my first Groundswell International Board meeting since I joined the team in September of 2012. While I was intellectually aware of how international our Board is, I was really struck with this fact as the members called in […]

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David Lopez

The village of San Antonio of Las Guarumas, in Honduras, has not always been a united community. Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and much of the poverty is concentrated in rural communities like San Antonio. Farming is one of the main sources of income in rural areas, but many regions […]

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Investing in People: Development 3.0

Steve Sherwood, a co-founder of Groundswell International, recently published an article titled “Development 3.0: Development Practice in Transition” with colleagues Cees Leeuwis and Todd Crane from the department of Knowledge, Technology and Innovation (KTI)/Centre for Integrative Development, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. The article was first published in the December 2012 edition of Farming Matters Magazine. […]

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Strengthening food security in Ecuador

Since 2009, Groundswell International has partnered with EkoRural to strengthen food security in marginalized rural communities in Ecuador. The communities that EkoRural and Groundswell work with are located in the Andean highlands. Many of the communities are indigenous with high poverty rates (over 80%), and women and children are particularly affected. Climate change is influencing […]

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Dona Cristina y los Caracoles

Below is the story of Doña Cristina Osegura as told by Kaitlin Porter, a Groundswell intern working with Vecinos Honduras, our partner organization based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Vecinos Honduras works with families and organizations in rural communities to promote the sustainable use of natural resources, to strengthen local organizations, and to promote agroecological farming and […]

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Groundswell partnership wins $200,000 grant to scale farmer-led agroecology in West Africa

Last week the International Fund to Amplify Agro-Ecological Solutions, an initiative of the New Venture Fund, made a two-year, $200,000 grant to Groundswell International to work with partners in Burkina Faso, northern Ghana, and Mali to strengthen and amplify existing farmer and women-led initiatives and organizations in order to spread agro-ecological farming systems, reinforce movements […]

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Frequent natural disasters devastate farmers, limit food supply in Haiti

Natural disasters are frequent in Haiti, and many peasant farmers say they must start over after each one. They complain that foreign aid is not reaching them and government initiatives are misguided. Some are migrating to cities, reducing food production nationwide. By Rosenie Mont-Gerard, Reporter, Global Press Institute Haiti News Desk JÉRÉMIE, HAITI – Juste […]

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People helping themselves. Your support is critical.

Mardien Etienne, left, and Jille Jacques, weed a peanut field.

We are proud to share Groundswell’s 2011 annual report with you. Groundswell’s partners made incredible progress last year, and it was your generosity that made it all possible. Together we are supporting marginalized rural women and men around the world to regenerate their farms and landscapes, grow more food, and organize to create healthy communities and local economies. […]

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Groundswell/Oxfam partnership addresses roots of Mali food crisis

Farms in the Sahel are suffering from increasingly degraded soils and more climate variability.

As we feared when Groundswell first decided to launch the three-year Saving for Change Plus Agriculture (SfC Plus Ag) program in partnership with Oxfam America, every month the rapidly growing food and nutrition crisis in the Sahelian countries of West Africa seems more likely to turn into a full blown famine. In recent weeks Oxfam, […]

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Transforming NGO roles to help make food sovereignty a reality (part 8 of 8)

This is the final post in an eight-part series about how we can transform the roles of non-governmental organizations like Groundswell to make food sovereignty a reality. Read the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh posts. Transforming NGO roles to help make food sovereignty a reality Haiti’s earthquake occurred in a just a […]

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