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  • By Lydia Simas | June 25, 2014
    For the first time in Brazilian history, a decree will grant legal rights to people impacted by mega-dam projects. Tarso Genro, Governor of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, signed the decree creating a State Policy of People Affected by Hydroelectric Projects on June 23. Grassroots International joins our partner, Movement of People...
  • By Lydia Simas | June 23, 2014
    Thousands of families throughout Brazil face threats to their homes and livelihoods from large hydroelectric dam projects. Driven by corporate profit interests, the number of mega dam projects in Brazil has increase significantly in recent years, displacing farming and indigenous communities, diverting water from local communities, and increasing...
  • By Lydia Simas | June 13, 2014
    Modern production is based on extraction from the planet, and modern finance is based on extraction from the many for the benefit of the very few. What would a new economy look like and how can we rethink our relationship to resources, work and culture? Those are some of the questions explored in the video, How We Live: A Journey Towards a...
  • By Carol Schachet | May 28, 2014
    Pictures make the struggles of our global partners “real” in a way that words cannot.
  • By Mina Remy | April 25, 2014
    Farmers everywhere need certain things to thrive: Land, water, seeds, and a little help from the weather. But Palestinian farmers face relentless obstacles even to get to their fields, let alone irrigate them.  For almost a decade Grassroots International has supported the work of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) in the West...
  • By Mina Remy | April 23, 2014
    Women, and rural women in particular, are the backbone of Haiti and its economy. They farm, harvest, and transport their produce to local markets where they in turn sell it. They do all of this despite little-to-no support from the government and without the necessary agricultural infrastructure to ease their burden.
  • By Nikhil Aziz | April 18, 2014
    Photo by Sasha Kimel
    Thirty plus years after Grassroots International was founded, one of the twin crises that led to its founding -- the civil war and refugee crisis in the Horn of Africa -- is back. The context is, of course, different. Eritrea today is an independent state. And what was then an inspiring liberation movement is now a repressive regime. But one...
  • By Jonathan Leaning | April 17, 2014
    In honor of the International Day of Peasants' Struggle (April 17), the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance today released A Preliminary Report on Seeds and Seed Practices across the US based on surveys of seed savers and seed advocates from around the United States.
  • By Lydia Simas | April 17, 2014
    Campesina(o), camponês(a), paysan, peasant…
  • By Carol Schachet | April 15, 2014
    Resilience. Defiance. Courage. Those words usually describe Grassroots International’s partners around the world and their stand for human rights in the face of relentless dangers.But not today.Today those words apply, too, to our neighbors here in Boston. Runners. Families. Communities that for years have lined the roads from Hopkinton to...