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Ecuador Food Sovereignty Under Threat

In 2008, Ecuador’s Constitution uniquely declared the country “Free of Transgenic Seeds and Crops”. This bold move set Ecuador apart as a leader in supporting food sovereignty and effective, farmer-centered agricultural strategies designed to help local farmers maintain and improve their sustainable livelihoods by having the choice to continue using their own native seeds. However, […]

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Action Learning in Latin America and the Caribbean

Since the last regional meeting in Brazil, our Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) partners have taken a great stride to consolidate a regional program, through an action-learning framework that provides a common “roadmap” yet celebrates the diversity of agroecological and institutional innovations emerging in the LAC region. From August 29 to September 2, 2016, partners […]

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Growing Local Food Systems in Ecuador

Since 2010, Groundswell International and local partner Ekorural have been supporting rural communities in Ecuador by empowering community organizations and reinforcing strong local food systems. Our programs work to build resilient seed systems and agricultural diversity and to scale-up alternative food networks that connect small-scale farmers to urban consumer markets. In recent months, Groundswell and […]

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Farming Matters: June 2013 Edition

The Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture in the Netherlands (ILEIA), one of Groundswell International’s program partners in West Africa, publishes a quarterly magazine, Farming Matters, in order to share knowledge about small-scale agriculture. Farming Matters places the work of local farmers in a global context, providing examples of how sustainable, small-scale farming helps create […]

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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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Advocating for Consumer Rights and GMO Labeling

World Consumers Rights Day 2013   Groundswell International believes in a consumer’s right to know what is in the food they are eating. Despite the fact that 82% of American consumers believe that GMOs should be labeled, there are still no regulations in the United States for the labeling of genetically-modified products. On the other […]

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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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Elena Tenelema

“I dreamed of being a leader in my community since I was 16 years old,” said Elena Tenelema. She lives in the tiny village of Tzimbuto located in the central Ecuadorian highlands about 10 miles from the city of Riobamba. Elena is currently serving as the President of New Generation Association, an organization she helped […]

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