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Our mission is to sustain rural livelihoods and environments by integrating research, education, and trade innovations.

Our vision is for a global economy where people, healthy food systems, and the environment come first.

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CAN and ECOSUR Launch Collaboration in Southern Mexico

December 16th, 2015|0 Comments

In November, CAN Executive Director Roseann Cohen and Associate Director Heather Putnam traveled to San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico to launch a new project with partner organization El Colegio

Report from the Field | Climate Change

November 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

In October, Heather Putnam, CAN’s Associate Director, visited CAN’s partner organization the UCA San Ramón.

The first thing I noticed upon arriving to the northern department of Matagalpa was how

A New Study on the Need for More Public Funds for Agroecology

November 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Environmental Science & Policy just published a new study by Marcia DeLonge, Liz Carlisle, and Albie Miles. The authors took on the challenge

AgroEco® Coffee | Report from the Field | Heather Putnam

November 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

In October, I visited the two first level cooperatives that produce CAN’s AgroEco® Nicaragua Coffee, and meet with the cooperatives and women’s groups participating in AgroEco®. I came away from

Student Project | Using Digital Tools to Map Food Access

October 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Sophia Bassett applied skills that she learned in the Everett Program at UC Santa Cruz when she worked with students in Watsonville, California to produce food access maps. Her update

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IPES-Food is a new independent panel for food systems reform, co-chaired by Olivier De Schutter, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, and ex-UNICEF nutrition expert Olivia Yambi. CAN co-founder and board president, Dr. Stephen Gliessman, is a member of this panel, which features 18 top experts from various fields connected to food systems.

About CAN

CAN is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to sustain rural livelihoods and environments in the global south through the integration of agroecology-based research, education, and development strategies. Our work is both regional and global, with projects and activities in Mexico, Central America, and the United States, and our International Agroecology Shortcourse, which has trained hundreds of farmers, researchers, and community leaders from around the world since 2000.