The Community Agroecology Network is an international network working to sustain rural livelihoods and create an alternative globalization that celebrates social, environmental, and economic justice. Their work is rooted in relationships! Being involved with CAN has given me an incredible opportunity to connect with communities abroad and engage in intercultural experiences that foster shared and experiential learning around issues that matter. Perhaps the most meaningful community-based event I have been involved in was working with youth representatives from communities in Mexico to share skills and knowledge around preserving their local food culture. This work involved becoming familiar with school and home gardens, farmers markets, food preservation methods, and marketing techniques to enable the youth generation to become community leaders and help direct a change toward cultural preservation and food sovereignty in their native towns. In CAN's coffee-growing communities, the livelihoods of coffee farmers and their families are directly changed for the better through the direct-trade marketing strategy that CAN fosters. CAN works only with responsible coffee producers to facilitate responsible consumerism of an extremely significant global commodity! This helps to protect not only the lives of producers, but also the health of the land, and the relationships of everyone involved in the full cycle! Help support CAN so they can continue their impactful work!
CAN is a great organization doing incredible work. I have had the opportunity to attend some of the events locally where faculty from many of the CAN projects in Mexico and Nicaragua participated along side the public and students to share information, have fun and taste coffee. I am also lucky enough to get to see some of their work in Nicaragua. I was an observer of CAN working both in the UCA San Ramón as well as out on one of the food cooperatives to share information from research done, listen to feedback, and collaborate to get as many ideas as possible for action plans that everyone can participate in to address trends suggested by the research. CAN is empowering people, and arming them with tools, to make changes for the better within communities, for food security, education, and healthy living.