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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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Upcoming Events

Oct 2015

BOBtalk on Farmworker Justice

October 8, 2015 at 6 pm
Pie Ranch
2080 Cabrillo Hwy
Pescadero CA 94060

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum’s Fall Plant Sale

Saturday Oct 10 10 am–noon (members only); noon-4 pm open to public
Arboretum’s Eucalyptus Grove
High Street (entrance across from Western Drive)
Santa Cruz, CA

2nd International Conference on Global Food Security

October 11-14, 2015
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

National Bioneers Conference

October 16-18, 2015
Marin Center
San Rafael, CA


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.