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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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Recent News

Meet CAN’s New Associate Director

Carmen J. Cortez, CAN's new Associate Director, has joined CAN's staff in Santa Cruz, California. Prior to joining CAN, Carmen facilitated the development of COO-PERA, a worker-owned fruit and vegetable cooperative,

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Happy Life Forever – Lessons from Maddy Moore

Madeleine Clare Moore 1988-2015 Maddy was the student coordinator of Intercambio in 2011 and served as an integral part of CAN and FoCAN during her years at UC Santa Cruz.

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CAN Takes Part in First Friday Celebration!

Community Agroecology Network staff, Friends of CAN, and Growing Justice youth had a great night sharing stories and pictures with the Santa Cruz community. A special thank you to Judy

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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.