Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Groundswell International sends four delegates to important FAO Symposium


Groundswell International will be sending four delegates representing our staff, board and partner organizations to the FAO’s International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be held in Rome from April 3-5, 2018.

“The SDGs articulate a series of linked goals to improve the wellbeing and health of people, societies and our planet. It is now clear that achieving those goals requires a transition of our agricultural and food systems – from industrialized agriculture to agroecology and stronger local food economies,” said Steve Brescia, Executive Director of Groundswell International. “In order to achieve this transition, we must invest in the creative capacity and agency of the more than 2 billion people in the world involved with smallholder farming and food production. They can lead the way in farming productively and sustainable with nature instead of against it, and working with local consumers allies the shift markets and policies.”

Groundswell International is a network of local organizations working in 10 countries in West Africa, the Americas and South Asia, which is investing in and supporting this ground up transition. Our collective work currently strengthens over 33,000 farmer leaders to innovate and spread agroecology through local farmer networks, benefitting over 375,000 people and contributing to enabling markets and policies. We recently summarized our work in the book “Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up,” (2017, Food First Books). We had two “Innovations for Agroecology”, from Haiti and West Africa, accepted for the FAO exhibition on April 3rd. Groundswell’s delegates, each of whom co-authored case studies for “Fertile Ground” attending the meeting and calling for increased support for agroecology will be:

  • Peter Gubbels, Director for Action Learning and Advocacy, Groundswell International West Africa (;
  • Bern Guri, Director of the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD), Ghana; Groundswell board member. (;
  • Ross Borja, Director, EkoRural, Ecuador; Groundswell board member. (;
  • Steve Sherwood, Specialist in Rural Innovation and Communication , EkoRural, Ecuador (
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