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Steve’s Field Notes: Learning Visit in Brazil

Dear Friends,  Last week, I returned from an invigorating trip with our regional partners in Latin America and new allies in Brazil. We met to draw lessons from the excellent work being done in Brazil to improve the lives of rural communities by spreading resilient, ecological farming and to strengthen local food economies. We were […]

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Ramon Alcivar

Poor soils, pests, and seasonal rains made it hard for Ramón Alcívar to grow his crops in Ambuqui, a village in the semi-arid highlands of northern Ecuador. Like many struggling farmers in the area, he drenched his crops with chemical fertilizers and pesticides to try to increase the productivity of his farm. The chemical inputs […]

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Alfonso and Olga Juma

Alfonso learned about harvesting rainwater at an EkoRural workshop and now he is teaching others.

Alfonso and Olga Juma could not produce enough to feed their family on their 1.5 acre farm in the semi-arid region where they live in Ecuador. The Chota Valley receives only about 24 inches of intense rainfall during three months of the year, followed by nine months of drought. Alfonso had to migrate to the […]

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Ekorural and partners win grant to advance sustainable food production and nutrition in the Andes

Ekorural, a Groundswell partner organization based in Ecuador, along with Wageningen University’s Communication and Innovation Studies Group, and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences recently won a grant from WOTRO, a division of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research that supports scientific research on development issues, in particular poverty alleviation and sustainable development. The […]

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Mali update from Roland Bunch

Mali is facing a severe soil fertility crisis that must be met with major efforts to support farmers to develop farming methods that will significantly improve their soil fertility at little cost and without displacing their crops.  Population pressures have all but ended the traditional practice of fallowing land that had maintained soil fertility.  Chemical […]

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Climate Action: Groundswell helps farmers cool the planet

While global leaders negotiate new treaties in Copenhagen, small-scale farmers are already living the impacts of climate change. Groundswell is helping rural communities adapt to climate change and overcome poverty at the same time.  By expanding the use of agroecological approaches and strengthening local markets, small-scale farmers are helping to cool the planet.  Soil rich […]

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