Values & Principles

Swift embraces the following values and principles.


  • Biological and cultural diversity
  • Resilient systems
  • Community participation
  • Food sovereignty
  • Cultural autonomy
  • Collaboration
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Coherency


  • Acknowledge and affirm the interconnected and holistic nature of addressing biological and cultural diversity.
  • Recognize the connection between the presence of Indigenous Peoples and biodiversity in landscapes.
  • Regard smallholder agriculture and agro-ecology as critical to addressing food security and climate change.
  • Understand the value of sacred sites as critical to the maintenance and restoration of cultural values and the integrity of landscapes.
  • Affirm the significance of connecting local level work with national, regional and international policy change.
  • Support integrated approaches to problem solving and linkages between diverse programs, organizations and coalitions.


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