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The Swift Foundation supports local stewards and their allies who are dedicated to protecting biological and cultural diversity, building resilience amidst climate change and restoring the health and dignity of communities globally.

The Swift Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications.

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Featured Videos

Saharan Desert Dust Feeds Amazon Tropical Rainforest, NASA Finds

Dust from Saharan Desert

Dust from the hot Saharan Desert of northern Africa has a connection to a much different climate in South America, according to a study by NASA scientists. Using satellite data, the study has found that the dust is acting as fertilizer for South America’s Amazon rainforest about 1,600 miles away to the west over the Atlantic Ocean. […]

Seeds of Sovereignty Now Available in Amharic and French

Seeds of Sovereignty Image

Seeds of Sovereignty was released just over a year ago by The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network in collaboration with GRAIN and MELCA Ethiopia. Set predominantly in Ethiopia, the 30 minute film shares the stories of African communities on a journey to revive their traditional seed diversity and take back control over their […]

Dasiqox Tribal Park Declaration


“The Tsilhqot’in National Government announced the creation of the Dasiqox Tribal Park, covering an area larger than half of Prince Edward Island. It follows a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Canada in June recognizing Tsilhqot’in aboriginal title to their traditional territories.” Read article, Fresh off Title Victory, Tsilhqot’in Unveil Tribal Park. Click here for […]

Recent Reports

Lending to Poor Farmers: Seeding the Market

The Economist Article

Root Capital has been featured in the latest print issue of The Economist. This article explores Root Capital’s 15-year track record, their impact to date, and their aspirations for the future. Providing important, mainstream validation of their model, journalist Matthew Bishop describes their work as proof that rural enterprises “make safe and profitable borrowers.” Click here to […]

Declaration on the Safeguarding of Indigenous Ancestral Burial Grounds as Sacred Sites and Cultural Landscapes

Declaration Ancestral Burial

Concerned by threats to burial grounds, the Declaration calls on the State to recognise and safeguard these places as cultural heritage and prevent their damage and destruction by others, and to recognise and support the role of indigenous peoples in protecting their burial grounds. While set in the Canadian context, some of these principles could […]

Land and seed laws under attack: who is pushing changes in Africa?


A battle is raging for control of resources in Africa – land, water, seeds, minerals, ores, forests, oil, renewable energy sources. Agriculture is one of the most important theatres of this battle. Governments, corporations, foundations and development agencies are pushing hard to commercialise and industrialise African farming. Read the new AFSA/GRAIN report. 

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