CAN Awarded Grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation

 The Community Agroecology Network (CAN), in partnership with the Intercultural Maya University of Quintana Roo (UIMQRoo), Mexico, was awarded $48,000 to implement a pilot project based on a year-long study — Diagnostic Study on Food Sovereignty and Water Use in 13 Municipalities in Yucatán Peninsula — completed in Yucatan state in 2011-2012. To view a video that illustrates the threats to food security in the region, visit CAN’s Youtube channel: English version;  Spanish version.

The pilot project, Food Security in the Yucatan Peninsula*, will be implemented over a 9-month period in three communities in Yucatan and Quintana Roo states.

Through our 2011-2012 study, we have identified problems affecting food security in the region. Working with the local communities, we developed a set of strategies to address the food security problems at both the community and regional levels. Our strategies have a dual focus on production for consumption and for market.

The project’s projected outcomes are:

  1. Establishing new regional alternative market channels and local markets for farming families in the three communities that support agroecological production, create closer consumer-producer linkages, add value to local production, and create jobs and business opportunities for local youth.
  2. Farmer implementation of best agroecological practices that will result in increased production and agrobiodiversity and improved natural resource management. This work will be supported by groups of farmer promoters (“sabios locales”) in each community.
  3. Increased local youth engagement in food production and marketing.
  4. Increased year-round food security for farming families in the three communities.
  5. Forming the Community Consulting Committee and Regional Network of Allies to support long-term efforts and share resources.

This project is a unique opportunity to pilot strategies that were developed directly with the communities involved, taking into account their needs and customs, as well as our knowledge of the potential role that markets can play in promoting food security in rural Mexican communities. We are very much looking forward to working with farmers and community members in the Yucatan over the next year to create innovative market and sustainable agriculture-based solutions that work for them, and learning from this experience to apply these experiences in other needy communities in the future.”

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit

* Full name of the project: Food Security in the Yucatan Peninsula: Pilot Implementation of Long-term Agroecology and Market Strategies in 3 Communities in Yucatan and Quintana Roo State


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