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Five Ways Farmers in Haiti Are Escaping the Poverty Cycle

In Haiti, we are working with thousands of farmers like Jasper in Savanette. They do not want to be ‘given’ help – they want the opportunity to lead their own community development processes. Community participation and leadership are essential for any kind of sustainable change. Groundswell International and our local partners support family farmers to […]

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15 Top Updates from the Ground in 2015

2015 was an exciting year of growth and inspiration for Groundswell International. We are thrilled to have seen growing global recognition that in order to truly address hunger, poverty, and climate change in the long-term, we must empower people to help themselves, partner with local communities, and invest in farming practices that are better for people and the planet. We’ve enjoyed sharing […]

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Groundswell partnership wins $127,000 grant to improve access to food and income of families in rural Haiti

Groundswell International of Washington, D.C. and Partenariat pour le Développement Local (PDL), of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, have launched a two-year project that will increase agricultural production, improve access to food, and increase incomes of approximately 300 farm families of Arcahaie, Haiti. The project is funded by a $127,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) of Battlecreek, Michigan.  […]

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Images of Haiti’s rural communities building the future

Since 2009, Groundswell International and partner organization Partenariat pour le Développement Local (PDL), have been working to strengthen rural communities as a foundation for Haiti’s development. The devastation of the January 2010 earthquake further reinforced the need to invest in building resilient rural communities. Below is a slideshow showcasing a few of the local leaders […]

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Building resilient communities in Haiti

Hurricane Isaac hit Haiti on August 24th.  While it could have been far worse, the country is extremely vulnerable to disasters and the storm still caused severe flooding, loss of houses, crops and livestock and new outbreaks of cholera. The resilience of rural communities, their ability to work together to improve their lives, is not […]

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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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Interview with Cantave Jean-Baptiste about PDL’s work in Haiti

Q.  More analysts are recognizing that the foundation for Haiti’s future development needs to be built on support to family farmers and rural communities to improve agriculture and food production and decentralize development. But from your perspective, how do you do that? A.  Partenariat pour le Développement Local (PDL) supports small farmer families to improve […]

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Two years after Haiti’s earthquake, rural communities rebuild the future

January 12th marks the second anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake.  “This is an important moment for us to work with others to build a new rural Haiti,” says Cantave Jean-Baptiste, Director of Partenariat pour le Développement Local (PDL) and co-founder and partner of Groundswell International.  “We have to think bigger. We don’t just want to […]

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Jacques Jille

Jacques Jille is the leader of Peasant Organization of La Victoire (OPLD), a community-based organization serving La Victoire and surrounding rural areas in Haiti's North Department.

Jacques Jille is the leader of the Peasant Organization of La Victoire (OPLD), a community-based organization serving La Victoire and surrounding rural areas in Haiti’s North Department. Jacques and other OPDL members support more than 8,000 Haitian farm families, strengthening their long-term capacities to sustainably improve their livelihoods, food sovereignty, health and natural resources management. […]

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