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!
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.
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.