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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Seeds of Sovereignty Now Available in Amharic and French

by Swift Foundation on March 13, 2015

Seeds of Sovereignty ImageSeeds 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 food systems, challenging the corporate, profit driven model of agriculture. View Amharic and French versions.

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Declaration Ancestral BurialConcerned 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 be asserted in other countries. Click here to read the declaration. 

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Mali_planting-rice_DevanWardwellAbtAssociatesA 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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Maria Amalia Souza“There is no doubt that human rights must be at the top of the current environmental protection efforts of our times, there is no way to dissociate one from the other, not in places of the global South that hold so much of the natural resources left on this planet.” Read blog post by Maria Amalia Souza, the Founding Executive Director of the Socio-Environmental Fund CASA.

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ghana_anti-gmo-protestThe front lines of the food sovereignty war in Ghana are swelling as the national parliament gives support to the Plant Breeders Bill. This proposed legislation contains rules that would restrict farmers from ancient practices: freely saving, swapping, and breeding seeds. Read press release from Organic Consumers Association. 

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Soil Atlas: Facts and figures about earth, land and fields

by Swift Foundation on March 5, 2015

soilnatlas_titel_rgbWe are using the world’s soils as if they were inexhaustible, continually withdrawing from an account, but never paying in. For it takes several thousand years to build a thin layer of fertile topsoil, but only an hour of heavy rain to lose it. Click here to download free report. 

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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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