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Groundswell International & Food First Launch Highly Anticipated Book on Agroecology

This past Tuesday, June 5, Groundswell International Executive Director, Steve Brescia and Food First Executive Director, Eric Holt-Gimenez, joined friends and fans at Busboys and Poets for the official Washington, DC launch of our new book: Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up. The event, hosted by Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC, was […]

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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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Farmer cross-visits to promote farmer managed natural regeneration of trees in Mali

By Drissa Gana and Mamadou Diakité of Sahel Eco in Mali In the Mopti region of Mali, villages are faced with problems resulting from deforestation and land degradation. In response to this, communities and NGOs have been working together to raise awareness of a proven method which regenerates the land into areas that are productive […]

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Promoting Local Food and Nutrition in Ghana

By Bern Guri, Daniel Banuoku, Elham Mumuni, and Julia Toboyee of Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) Traditional food fairs are an important tool and space to promote food sovereignty because it takes place in people’s own land and within their own socio-cultural setting. At a 2011 food fair organized by CIKOD, women farmers […]

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Farmers Teach Farmers in Burkina Faso

By Fatou Batta, Tsuamba Bourgou, and Clarisse Diasso of Association Nourrir sans Détruire in Burkina Faso To overcome decreasing soil fertility and achieve food security in North East Burkina Faso, rural communities have started to engage in farmer-to-farmer trainings on agroecological techniques. These techniques have shown their effectiveness in restoring soil fertility and thus increasing production, thereby improving […]

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Spring Seed Campaign Update

We want to thank everyone who participated in last year’s Spring Seed Campaign for their support! With your help, we spread healthy, non-GMO seeds to families across the United States while raising over $2,700 for food sovereignty and healthy seed systems!  The purpose of our annual Spring Seed Campaign is simple: to celebrate heirloom seeds […]

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Learning and sharing the Groundswell way

With representatives from ten countries and five continents, Groundswell’s Fifth Annual Global Forum was packed with dynamic learning and sharing among our partners. Amidst this learning and sharing emerged a necessary theme for the forum itself: what does Groundswell’s internal process of learning and sharing look like, and what is the product of our learning […]

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Are You a Responsible Consumer?

Responsible consumption involves making thoughtful choices about the foods we buy and consume by considering the environmental, political, social, and economic consequences of our decisions. Recently, Groundswell International facilitated workshops in Honduras and Guatemala for grassroots leaders about responsible food consumption and how to educate communities about local food systems and food sovereignty. The  workshops, led by Jackie Chenier, Groundswell’s […]

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Steve’s Field Notes: Groundswell in Action

Dear Friends,  Groundswell’s role is to partner and work with local organizations to spread solutions from the ground up. This month, I had another opportunity to see that vision in action at a training center in Wa, in the far Upper West region of Ghana. We gathered with partners from Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Mali to coordinate and […]

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