agroecology in West Africa

Agroecology in Africa Addresses Climate Change

The following post is the fourth from the series by Peter Gubbels directed towards change-makers involved in the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. In this post, Peter focuses on the evidence for agroecology in Africa.  In the two earlier posts in this series, I outlined the critical role that agriculture plays in climate change. I argued that any feasible […]

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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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Leaders at COP21 Must Look Towards Agricultural Adaptation

Over the past few days, global leaders have been meeting in Paris, France to make commitments regarding climate change. Participants understand that if the global temperature warms by another 2°C, future generations will face devastating, irreversible challenges. The following post is the first in a series by Peter Gubbels titled “Considerations for the 2015 United Nations Climate […]

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FAO Symposium Promotes Agroecology in Africa

On November 5-6, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted a regional symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa. During the event in Dakar, Senegal, over 300 people, including various African leaders and civil society organizations, gathered to explore and promote agroecology as the future of farming in Africa. Groundswell International was […]

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Agroecology: The Bold New Future for Africa

On November 5-6, organizations will gather in Dakar, Senegal for the FAO Regional Meeting on Agroecology in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of the meeting is to promote the dialogue on science and agroecology. Peter Gubbels, Groundswell International’s Director of Action Learning and Advocacy will be attending the meeting alongside many of our ally organizations in West Africa.   The […]

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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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Smallholders’ Access to Fertilizers in Africa – A Critical Rejoinder

The following was written by Peter Gubbels, Groundswell’s Director of Action Learning and Advocacy in West Africa. Peter is based in Ghana and is part of the Community of Practice on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), an international group hosted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that is seeking ways to help small scale […]

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Indigenous Foods for Food Sovereignty of Women in Northern Ghana

By Mary Assumpta Mwinsigten, Pognaa Patricia Dianon, and Rebecca A Sabri of the Rural Women’s Association of Ghana (RUWFAG)  The inability of families to provide three meals a day is a huge cry that we hear coming from the Lawra District in Northern Ghana. For years, the government provided free chemicals and fertilizers to farmers […]

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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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