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Our advocacy program emerges from a unique nexus: as international grantmakers we see the human consequences of U.S. policies from the perspective of or partners in the Global South—hunger, water shortages, environmental degradation and climate disruption. At the same time we see how organized communities can offer effective solutions to these challenges. As a U.S.-based social justice organization, we seek to influence U.S. citizens and policy negotiators who have the power to create policies that uphold rather than undermine basic human rights. Our education, advocacy and communications tools and grants seek to motivate informed advocacy by affected communities and their allies in the U.S.
Grassroots International's advocacy work in the U.S. reflects the on-the-ground realities and priorities of our partners.
Grassroots works closely with member organizations of the Via Campesina—a global network representing over 150 million small producers, including the U.S.-based National Family Farm Coalition, to build a movement for food sovereignty and global justice. Our advocacy goals are clear: family farmers’ rights to market access in their own country, a fair price for rural producers and international cooperation to ensure nations’ protection from cheap food imports.
Our global partners asked Grassroots International to challenge U.S.-based transnational corporations and U.S. policies that too often destroy small farmers and local food systems around the world. As a result, we work with other like-minded groups in the U.S. as a founding member of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (US FSA).
In addition to participating with the US FSA, Grassroots engages in several other advocacy initiatives all designed to secure the human right to land, water and food; and to create a more just and sustainable world. These include:
- Haiti Advocacy Working Group
- Barriers to Resource Rights: Elbit, TIAA-CREF and the Wall
- Actions toward just and fair trade and agricultural policies
In addition to these initiatives, we also advocate to:
- Protect the human rights of activists who struggle to build a just world
- Promote biodiversity and ecologically sound agricultural practices, including seed sovereignty
- Defend the land and water rights of peasants, small farmers, women and indigenous peoples
- Stand up for real solutions tothe climate crisis, rather than false solutions crafted to increase corporate profit
- Ensure that philanthropists can safely contribute to progressive, community-led develoment without onerous restrictions
Want more information about these critical issues? Visit our Educational Resources.
Want to get involved? Visit our Take Action page.
[Produced by Jerel Dye. Music by Kahina.]