CAN and its partner organization El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) launched a collaboration to create a learning community for the construction of food security and sovereignty in Southern México. This two-year project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, aims to form a learning community among local organizations working to promote food sovereignty in Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula and facilitate exchange of knowledge and…
This new initiative focuses on urban gardens, food justice, and community well-being in Watsonville and Pajaro, California. Despite their location in the agriculturally-rich Pajaro Valley, food insecurity is on the rise. Often, the very people who labor in the food system are unable to put enough healthy food on the table for their own families. Urban community gardens, focused on low-income families, have emerged as a targeted response. CAN is partnering with the Mesa Verde Gardens (MVG) to develop a community-based participatory action research project that assesses the impact of community gardens on food insecurity and community well-being, and in the process, empowers youth and their families to be agents of food systems change in their own communities as they work to improve their own families’ well-being.
A collaboration between CAN and our partner organization PRODECOOP, RL, a coffee farmer cooperative organization in Northern Nicaragua. The project, launched in 2009, aims to improve food security and reduce seasonal hunger among 1500 smallholder coffee farming families in Northern Nicaragua. This will be achieved through the following strategies: improved food availability, access, and food utilization through CADAs, seed banks, farm diversification and experimentation, and organizational capacity building.
In 2011, CAN established the Youth Network for Food Security & Sovereignty (FSS) to promote a model of community youth leaders as the primary conduits for food system transformation. Since 2011, CAN has expanded its FSS initiatives, and consequently the Youth Network, into two more coffee growing regions in Nicaragua and México, and a Maya region in México. Currently, we are developing a new FSS initiative in Santa Cruz County (California). Networking and training of youth leaders across these initiatives deepens knowledge and capacity…
We have seen that the economic empowerment of women and youth is critical to achieving food sovereignty in households and communities, and this is one of the central pillars of CAN’s work. CAN currently supports three main initiatives, with more in development:
Alternative Rural Enterprise Development in Quintana Roo, México: Market Chain Development for Maya Women
Alternative Rural Enterprise Development in Veracruz, México: Organic Tianguis
Alternative Rural Enterprise Development in San Ramón, Nicaragua: Women’s Collective Business Projects Expansion