Articles and Op-Eds

Articles and essays written by Grassroots International staff, board, partners and allies which have appeared in Grassroots publications and in other print and online publications.

  • By Carol Schachet | August 10, 2015
    A longtime partner of Grassroots International, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) is the first member of LaVia Campesina from the Middle East. UAWC has received several awards for their work advancing sustainable agricultural...
  • By Shannon Duncan Bodwell | August 5, 2015
    The challenges faced by indigenous peoples often transcend geographical location, so it’s not surprising that indigenous groups in India and Brazil share similar stories of oppression and strife.
  • By Jonathan Leaning | July 27, 2015
    The United States occupation of Haiti, enforced by the U.S. Marines, officially began on July 28, 1915 after six months of military engagement ostensibly to protect their citizens from civil unrest at the time, and lasted until 1934. The occupation...
  • By Carol Schachet | July 27, 2015
    Building relationships with grassroots organizations that advocate for human rights-based development takes time, but without investing in them, philanthropy is likely to stumble. The case of Haiti is instructive.With questions surfacing in the...
  • Grassroots International supporter Richard Smith has just published Green Capitalism: The God That Failed (a downloadable e-book). It's an important read because it argues convincingly that environmental destruction is an inevitable result of  ...
  • By Carol Schachet | June 26, 2015
    Palestinian water tanks vandalized by Israeli settlers in Hebron. (Photo: ISM Pa
    While Israelis water their lawns and swim in Olympic-sized pools, Palestinians a few kilometers away are literally dying of thirst.California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to...
  • By Carol Schachet | May 27, 2015
    People who are concerned about climate disruption and hunger are talking more and more about agroecology, that is, using ecological, economic, cultural, and gender justice principles to inform agricultural practices and systems.  And those...
  • By Jovanna Garcia Soto | May 22, 2015
    Photo: AFP Aerial view of protest
    Outraged by a pervasive corruption scandal that implicates top government officials, tens of thousands of Guatemalans filled the streets of the capital for their fourth week to demand the resignation of President Perez Molina and Vice President...
  • By Shannon Duncan Bodwell | May 19, 2015
    Last fall, a delegation of Grassroots International supporters and staff had the privilege of planting and harvesting olives, and spending the night with some of the 350 farming families of Susya in the West Bank.
  • By Carol Schachet | March 30, 2015
    We share planet Earth with nearly 7.3 billion people. By 2050, there will be 9.6 billion of us, according to the United Nations. That’s a gain of one person every 15 seconds—or about 74 million more people each year—and each another mouth to feed....