COMMUNITY AGROECOLOGY NETWORK

Rating: 4.83 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: PO Box 7653 Santa Cruz CA 95061-7653 USA

Mission: Our mission is to sustain rural livelihoods and environments by integrating research, education, and trade innovations.
Geographic areas served: Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, United States
Programs: John Halliday Community Fund; Scholarship for Youth Leader in Food Security in Las Segovias, Nicaragua; Certification Program for Small Farmers in Chiapas, México; Mujeres y Maiz, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, México; Youth Leadership for Food Security (central Veracruz State, México)
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Community Agroecology Network is an amazing nonprofit organization that actively engages sustainable coffee producing communities, students, and coffee consumers all over the world in a direct trade relationship that eliminates middle men in the commodity chain and helps producers receive more returns for their product. Their International Field Study program was the most impacting experience of my life as I was able to spend 10 weeks in a rural coffee producing community in Mexico participating in an intercultual exchange of ideas and experiences. Their Santa Cruz student-based group, Friends of CAN (FoCAN), works tirelessly to connect students in the Santa Cruz community with farming communities in Mesoameria. They also discuss and do hands on activities related to topics such as sustainability, community building, and interculturality- all key aspects of creating a more socially and environmentally just global food system. Hooray CAN & FoCAN!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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In the short time I've worked with this Nonprofit, I've learned so much about the great things they do. Unlike the nonprofits that I've researched, CAN is actually one where the positive change can be visibly seen and transparent. The work they are doing actually is making a difference and for this I feel its a very inspiring organization.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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CAN has been a great organization! I´ve had the opportunity to see how links between people from all over the world are grown and changing lives. I´ve had the chance to organize an event where college students travel all the way to a small Yucatecan town and get to know the family life in the rural mayan world, these local families also get prepared to recieve a student from far away with info about them, their background, their studies, and cultural differences. Once they meet Both sides start a process of exploring completely different worlds from the reality of everyday life and go through this experience together. Through strong values of agroecology, sustainability and justice, a platform has been created for food security, cultural exchange and environmental care.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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