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Mission and Vision

Our mission is to sustain rural livelihoods and environments by integrating research, education, and trade innovations.

Our vision is for a global economy where people, healthy food systems, and the environment come first.

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2015 & 2016: Specialty Coffee
Association of America
Sustainability Award
Runner Up

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JANUARY 2019 | NEW YEAR’S CHALLENGE

We are bombarded with non-stop crippling news: a government shutdown over building a steel wall on our southern border while Central American refugees and migrants face criminalization and forced

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Breaking Away From Industrial Food and Farming Systems

CAN is featured as one of seven case studies of agroecological transition around the world.  Rome (Italy). The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) released a new report,

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Growing Justice (GJ), a diverse group of 12-19 year olds from Watsonville, California, meets weekly to learn about the food system and identify what they like about their community, and what

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About CAN

CAN is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to sustain rural livelihoods and environments in the global south through the integration of agroecology-based research, education, and development strategies. Our work is both regional and global, with projects and activities in Mexico, Central America, and the United States, and our International Agroecology Shortcourse, which has trained hundreds of farmers, researchers, and community leaders from around the world since 2000.