5th Annual International Youth Exchange
for Food Security and Sovereignty
February 12–21, 2015
Santa Cruz, California
In February 2015, the Community Agroecology Network (CAN) held the 5th Annual International Youth Exchange for Food Security and Sovereignty —“El Intercambio”— in collaboration with its partner organizations in Mexico and Central America: UCA San Ramón (Augusto Cesar Sandino Union of Agricultural Cooperatives), VIDA AC (Agroecological Connection and Development), ASDENIC (Center for Integrated Information of the Nicaraguan Association of Social Development), and UIMQRoo (Intercultural Maya University Quintana Roo).
- Thematic workshops and knowledge exchanges to improve skills needed to strengthen food security and sovereignty in their communities, including the following topics: seed bank development; food processing, preservation and agroindustry basics; facilitation of meetings, decision-making processes and group conflict management; and computer skills and social network technology.
- Meetings with youth and project leaders to evaluate past experiences and to identify and project future needs for skill building and organizational development for the coming year.
- Exchanges between university students and professors, businesses, organizations, and local producers.
- Excursions to explore and enjoy the local ambiance of Santa Cruz and the Central Coast.
- Strengthen structure and functioning of the Youth Network.
- Improve youth leadership capacity to support food security and sovereignty in their communities.
- Strengthen ties across CAN and Youth Network partner organizations.
- Exchange skills and knowledge between network members.
- Learn about local experiences in California that will assist youth in strengthening their own projects.
- Develop strategies for managing funds to support the development of the network.
- Share experiences and social justice solutions with the people of California.
- Conocimiento: A World Cafe on the Scales of Labor in the Agricultural System
February 17, 2015, 5–8 pm
College Eight Red Room
Join us for a conversation about labor and the food system. This is a unique opportunity to share perspectives and exchange ideas with youth leaders from Mexico and Nicaragua. Dinner will be served, family style. (In collaboration with El Centro and College 8).
- Restoring our Roots—panel with the International Youth Network on Food Security and Food Sovereignty
February 19, 2015
Talk 2–3:45 pm , Q and A: 4–4:30 pm
Kresge Town Hall
Learn about the daily struggles that youth leaders face in Mexico and Central America. Hear directly from them about their efforts to achieve food sovereignty back home. (In collaboration with Kresge Collaborative Learning).
- The Flavor of Justice: An AgroEco® Coffee Cupping
February 20, 9–11 am
New Leaf Community Market (Westside)
Community Learning Room
Meet youth leaders from communities that grow AgroEco® Coffee. Taste great coffee while learning about CAN’s alternative trade model and youth leadership initiatives. AgroEco® Coffee cupping offered by Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company and sponsored by New Leaf.