The Phiri Award for Farm & Food Innovators

by Swift Foundation on December 29, 2014

Phiri-Explaining-the-work-300x199Dedicated Zimbabwean farmers are making quiet breakthroughs that advance food sovereignty in their communities.  Just as Mr. Phiri shared his innovations with thousands of visitors from across the country, Africa and the world, so too can other local innovators be recognized and assisted to disseminate their vision. Read more about the award, the ceremony and the award winners.

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Land is Life Published Books

by Swift Foundation on December 29, 2014

LiL-2014-Education-Module_ENGLISH-FINALSwift grantee, Land is Life, has published two books. Both the Education Module on Indigenous Peoples: A Facilitator’s Guidebook and the Workshop Facilitator Guidebook: Advocacy for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Climate Change are the result of a multi-year collaboration between Land is Life, the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), and Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN) and also informed by the experiences of Land is Life’s inaugural cohort of Climate Change Fellows (2014). Click here to download these publications. 

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092614cagricultureGRAIN calculates that about half of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the food system, and that we need to turn to small farmers and local markets to get rid of this. Rani Molla of the Wall Street Journal compares GRAIN’s figures with what other’s have to say about it. Click here to read more. 

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Dasiqox Tribal Park Declaration

by Swift Foundation on December 16, 2014

TsilhqotinChiefs_600px“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 link to 3 minute video. 

 

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The Toll of Ethiopia’s Plantation Development on Suri People

by Swift Foundation on December 16, 2014

EngineeringEthnicConflic_ThumbnailInstigated by alarming reports and disturbing photos of violent incidents near the 30,000-hectare Koka plantation in Ethiopia, this report shares findings from The Oakland Institute’s field research in 2012 and 2013 and exposes how this massacre was related to the agricultural development schemes of the Ethiopian government and the role of international aid programs in support of such activities. Click here to read the report.

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Report_DarkerSideofGreen_ThumbnailThis report debunks popular claims that carbon trading represents a ”win-win” for rural communities and the environment. Firsthand accounts from Uganda reveal that villagers living in and around land concessions acquired by Green Resources, a Norwegian company, have experienced forced evictions and restricted access to farm and grazing land, in addition to loss of livelihood–all in the name of green investment. Read the report. 

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AFAP-reportIn a scandalous move of skulduggery, the African Fertiliser and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), under the guise of empowering smallholder farmers in Africa, is subsidising multinational fertiliser and financial corporations on African soil. Other beneficiaries of this scheme are the global grain trading and food processing giants. Click here to read the entire report by Swift grantee, African Centre for Biosafety.

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Tides Top 10 Canadian Changemakers

by Swift Foundation on October 13, 2014

Tides Canada Top 10Tides Canada announced its annual Tides Top 10 groundbreaking initiatives that are leading the pack in social change innovation. At an event sponsored by the Private Giving Foundation, the ten initiatives were recognized for leadership and cultivation of new ideas to solve challenging social and environmental problems, building bridges among diverse groups in pursuit of common solutions, and enhancing capacity in the non-profit sector by supporting emerging leaders and organizations. Read press release. Watch three-minute video. 

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Introduction to Transformative Finance

by Swift Foundation on October 13, 2014

morgansimon_21Transform Finance is a committed community of investors, entrepreneurs and social leaders that seek to place communities back at the core of impact investing and that support community-led models of investment. See Morgan Simon, CEO and Founder of Transform Finance, speak about the goals of transformative finance on this five minute video.

 

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Cultivating the Future Women Farmers in Ghana

by Swift Foundation on October 13, 2014

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThis is the fourth video in a series produced by Swift grantee, Groundswell International. In this video, learn how women farmers in Ghana are working together and sharing knowledge with other women in their communities to restore native crops and protect indigenous seeds.  To view this five minute video, click here. 

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