Farmers’ Seed Sovereignty is under Threat

by Swift Foundation on June 25, 2015

Seeds TanzaniaRosa Luxemburg Foundation just published this policy paper on seed by TABIO’s Abdallah Mkindi. Seed is the foundation of agriculture: without seed there can be no agriculture and hence no food for human survival. In this paper, Tanzania is used as an example of a country with no reliable access for the farmer-managed agricultural sector to quality seed. To read the policy paper, click here

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ecologically farmed food africa

Milan, Italy, 20 May 2015 Foundations and international donors can play a greater role in providing assistance to scale-up ecological farming initiatives in Africa, according to a report released today by Greenpeace Africa. The report entitled Financing Ecological Farming in Africa – a Guide for International Donors spells out the crucial financial, technical, capacity and network-building support that donors can provide. View report here.

 

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Article in Urban Agriculture Magazine

by Swift Foundation on June 24, 2015

groundswell-tree-166-x-143Much energy has been invested in informing political leaders about the problems of industrial food and the benefits of agro-ecology. Following three decades of focusing primarily on good farming, Ecuador’s Colectivo Agroecológico now believes that people, as “consumer-citizens”, can and must take responsibility for a better future.

Click here and scroll to page 68 to read this great article: 250,000 Families! Reconnecting urban and rural people for healthier, more sustainable living, written by Swift Foundation grantees, Stephen Sherwood of EkoRural, and Caeley Cane of Groundswell International.

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Animation of The Invisible Migration

by Swift Foundation on June 24, 2015

LOGO_invisible_migration-1_300_309Each Spring, approximately three hundred million (300,000,000!) juvenile (baby) salmon travel from every lake, river and stream in the watershed to the Skeena estuary in British Columbia, Canada. Click here to read more about this amazing process and to watch a 1-minute animated video put on by Swift Foundation grantee, Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.

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World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy Report is Out!

by Swift Foundation on June 5, 2015

At the World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy, indigenous leaders, program officers, nonprofit directors, entrepreneurs, artists, and sponsor, all of whom are visionaries, came together in September to forge new alliances and have a discussion about how to best support indigenous communities. To see the report about what went on at the summit, click here.

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Over the past seven years, the Oakland Institute has exposed the actual
impact of the land grabs  on indigenous, pastoralist, and smallholder
farming families around the world. The powerful illustrations of My
Home, My Land  remind us of the beauty and complexity of the world’s
ecosystems and indigenous cultures, and call upon us to take action now
to stop exploitative land grabs internationally. Click here to view the novel.

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Celebrating Seeds- MELCA- Ethiopia

by Swift Foundation on May 22, 2015

1bIn this video clip, MELCA and Bale celebrate the rehabilitation of Bale’s degraded lands and the renewed sustainability of seedlings and the environment for future generations. With MELCA’s help, Bale has been able to revitalize all 19 of their original seed varieties, which have been tremendously important because of the many agro-ecological conditions. Rather than using the provision of hybrid seeds, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides to increase yield, MELCA and Bale have turned to more sustainable methods of soil and water conservation, using compost, planting trees, and providing legal protection to farmers for their own seeds to provide for a growing population. The farmers and the people of Bale have much to look forward to, for they have a bright future ahead of them. Click here to watch the video.

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1aBale, Ethiopia has been a place of great history, love, peace, and sanctity to many. In order to maintain its vibrancy, the people of Bale have needed a source of energy and income, and MELCA has worked with them hand in hand to provide just that. MELCA has provided many essential items to the people of Bale, including wire and nails to fence off wetland for restoration, seedlings and land to restore the growth of indigenous trees, and fuel saving stoves and sheep to sustain them. SEGNI is also a 5 day program that has been created to fully immerse the youth of Bale in their culture and to transfer knowledge from elders to the youth to ensure the revival of Bale’s natural resources. By supporting the ideas of the people and allowing their culture to thrive and sustain themselves, MELCA has been able to achieve its goal of conserving and taking care of biodiversity. Click here to watch the video.

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Lending to Poor Farmers: Seeding the Market

by Swift Foundation on March 18, 2015

The Economist ArticleRoot 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 read the article. 

 

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Dust from Saharan DesertDust 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. Read more and watch short video. 

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