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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UnderMining Agriculture

by Swift Foundation on October 13, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 10.39.55_0-300x432The Gaia Foundation’s new report - UnderMining Agriculture: How the Extractives Industries Threaten our Food Systems exposes the hidden costs of mining on food, water, land, air and climate, showing how each is increasingly affected by toxins as the global land and water grab intensifies. Click here to read more. 

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Running to Stand Still – New Report Released!

by Swift Foundation on October 13, 2014

Malawi-reportThe research for this report is part of African Centre for Biosafety’s multi-year research programme in southern and east Africa to investigate seed and soil fertility practices and challenges facing small-scale farmers in the region. One of the aims of the study is to offer an evidence-based critique of the Green Revolution agenda, with a particular focus on the activities of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an institution that plays a critical coordinating role in expanding the GR agenda on the continent. Click here to download and read the report. 

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Stopping LNG to Save Salmon. Madii Lii, Gitxsan Nation.

by Swift Foundation on October 7, 2014

Stopping LNG to Save SalmonOn Aug. 26, 2014, the Hereditary Chiefs of Madii Lii Territory of the Gitxsan Nation declared their land CLOSED TO LNG development and other unauthorized industrial activity. The members of Wilps Luutkudziiwus have since come a long way in constructing Madii Lii base-camp in the Suskwa Valley to enforce their Territorial Management Plan, a vision which aims to preserve the land, air, and water for 1000′s of years. To find out more, watch this 5-minute video.

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