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Mission and Vision

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

¡Juventud Despierta!
Student Activism and Social Change in the 21st Century
April 18 & 19, 2015
UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California

Announcing the Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios’ (USEU) 7th state-wide conference. The purpose of this event is to encourage students to fill the gap between theory and practice by becoming active in movements that demand and defend the liberation of oppressed peoples around the world. Learn more.

5th Annual Local & Organic Tasting Fair
April 22 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Colleges 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room
UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

Taste FREE samples. Open to all. Learn more.

2015 Earth Summit
April 24 11 am-4:30 pm
Colleges 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room
UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

The theme of this year’s event is a fusion of activism and art. Note: 2-3 pm: FoCAN workshop: What is Your Coffee Worth? Learn more.

Agroecology: Food for the Future
Monday April 27, 2015 to Friday May 1, 2015
Schumacher College, United Kingdom
With Miguel A Altieri and Clara Nicholls. The Green Revolution failed to ensure safe and abundant food production for all people. As the expansion of agroexports, transgenic and biofuel monocultures continues to unfold, hunger affects about one billion people on the planet.  Learn more.


Working for Dignity: The Santa Cruz County Low-wage Worker Study
Thursday May 7, 2015  7-9 pm
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

UCSC students carried out a two-year research and multimedia project on workers and working conditions in low-wage jobs in Santa Cruz County. Learn more.

July 2015

2015 International Agroecology Shortcourse
July 12–25, 2015
Santa Cruz, California

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.

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