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Bees for Life and Coffee

Did you know that due to pesticide use and climate change there is a 40% decline in insect species? 

Gisela Illsecas, a coffee farmer in Veracruz, Mexico, had already diversified her coffee farm with fruit trees and medicinal plants, but had taken pollination for granted. She later learned about

By | December 31st, 2019|AgroEco Coffee, agroecology, coffee farmers, Donate, News|

Working Together in Partnership

The seeds for CAN’s birth were planted in 2000 when we visited agroecology graduate students who were doing participatory action research with farmers in coffee growing communities in El Salvador, Mexico, and Nicaragua. In each community we visited we heard the same story: “I can’t earn enough from growing

By | December 31st, 2019|Donate, News|

Youth Plant Seeds of Justice

Ashley Solis; photo courtesy Emily Cohen

Meet Ashley Solis, one of CAN’s youth leaders. Born in Watsonville, California, to Mexican migrant parents, Ashley juggles schoolwork with jobs in the agricultural fields and packing houses. Ashley knows first-hand what it means to live in the world’s largest producing area

By | December 31st, 2019|Donate, Growing Justice, News|

Powerful Women Making Change Together

Women coffee farmers in the highlands of Veracruz, Mexico, planted a seed for justice when they collectively decided to create a feminist coffee brand, FEMCAFE. Since 2016, they have used funds from AgroEco’s Women’s Unpaid Labor Fund to make strategic investments in their cooperative and economically empower the women members.

By | December 15th, 2019|AgroEco Coffee, coffee farmers, Donate, News, VIDA|

Nurturing Seeds of Justice

Small farmers and farmworkers are at the frontlines of building just food systems—planting seeds of justice with their communities. Seeds build power and justice when farming communities maintain control of their seeds and land, when models of

By | December 15th, 2019|Donate|

CAN is Hiring!

Job Announcement

Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant will work closely with CAN staff and partner organizations to maintain administrative operations and assist in event coordination. The Administrative Assistant will also support CAN’s Director with board and development activities. CAN seeks to fill the position with a highly organized, detail-oriented, and bilingual (English/Spanish) individual

By | November 25th, 2019|News|

7th International Youth Exchange for Food Sovereignty


The 7th International Youth Intercambio 2019 brought together youth representatives from CAN’s partner organizations. Youth from Mexico, Nicaragua, and California (Watsonville and the University of California, Santa Cruz) gathered in Santa Cruz County for a four-day exchange that included trainings and knowledge exchange on a variety of topics, including: agroecology, seed saving,

By | November 3rd, 2019|AgroEco Coffee, Intercambio, News|

Support Our New Campaign!


Community Agroecology Network is working with Grow Ahead to crowdfund to support the second installation of a farmer exchange program around diversification in smallholder coffee systems. The farmer exchange is in partnership with two producer cooperatives: CESMACH &

The Coffee Diversification Project News Round Up

The Coffee Diversification Project

By Rose Cohen

The international market price for coffee has dropped to less than $1/lb—the lowest price since 2006. The 24 million coffee farmers around the world cannot cover their costs of living, much less the cost of production at this price. In addition to volatile markets, farmers confront the volatility

By | April 10th, 2019|coffee farmers, News, The Coffee Diversification Project|


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 separation from their children. In Mexico, Nescafe is poised to invest $154 million dollars in a new coffee-processing plant in Veracruz, Mexico, which may place downward

By | January 18th, 2019|agroecology, coffee farmers, Growing Justice, News|

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, “Breaking away from industrial food and farming systems: Seven case studies of agroecological

By | December 11th, 2018|agroecology, coffee farmers, Donate, Food Sovereignty, News, Nicaragua, VIDA|

Support CAN’s work.

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 they would like to see change. The team’s origins are rooted in the community gardens of Mesa Verde Gardens, and their lived experiences as children

By | December 11th, 2018|Donate, Food Sovereignty, Growing Justice|

Learning Community for Food Security and Sovereignty Publishes Lessons Learned

Two years ago, CAN and its network partner El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), a research and teaching university in southern Mexico, launched CASSA (Comunidad de Aprendizaje para la Seguridad y Soberanía Alimentaria). With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the project formed a learning community among 23 local civil society

By | December 11th, 2018|Donate, Food Sovereignty, Learning Community, News|

New Publication About Food Security and Sovereignty–Free download

August 28-30 Linda Lonquist, CAN’s project manager for CASSA, traveled to Mexico City to join more than 400 attendees at the 4th biannual W.K. Kellogg Foundation conference for the Foundation’s Mexican grantees. (CASSA was a 2-year Learning Community facilitated by CAN and its network partner, ECOSUR.) In addition to the

By | September 24th, 2018|Food Sovereignty, Learning Community, News, Publications|

September 13, 2018: SAVE THE DATE!!!

After two years of collecting community stories, interviews, and planting a season of summer vegetables in River Park, the Growing Justice (GJ) youth team will publicly display their findings via a mobile art exhibit.
GJ, CAN, and Mesa Verde Gardens, in collaboration with the Watsonville Film Festival’s first fall film showing, will

By | July 30th, 2018|agroecology, Growing Justice, News|

Ashley’s Story

A Story About Human Dignity in the Face of Economic Poverty.

Emily Cohen Ibañez and a group of experienced women of color filmmakers are focusing their lens on Ashley, one of CAN’s Growing Justice youth, as one example of the rising power of teens today, who in the face of increasing ICE raids are replacing their

By | July 30th, 2018|Growing Justice, News|

Towards Dialogos de Saberes*: Sharing Knowledge for Food Systems Change

The Power of Storytelling Amid rows of spring mix, petite sprouts, and berry fields, farmworker communities in Watsonville continue to experience high uncertainty in accessing healthy food. Through their research with CAN, the Growing Justice Youth Team has shown that the high cost of housing and barriers to community safety exacerbate hunger and

By | June 25th, 2018|Growing Justice, News, Newsletters|

Help Fund a Farmer Knowledge Exchange

CAN has partnered with Grow Ahead, to invest in the future of farming. Please join us! Help us fund a farmer exchange where 70 collaborators will identify promising practices for broader implementation and implement learnings on identifying the effectiveness of diversification strategies. Farmers will be

By | May 30th, 2018|News|

Film Screening to Benefit CAN

Join CAN at the Friday April 13 screening of Mark Kitchell’s new film, “The Evolution of Organic.” The film tracks the history of the organic food movement. Q&A and a panel of speakers, including CAN’s executive director Rose Cohen, follow the screening. This event is

By | March 27th, 2018|agroecology, Film, News|

Congratulations to CAN-Affiliated Researchers on New Publication!

CAN-affiliated researchers (at ECOSUR) involved in the Learning Community for Food Security and Sovereignty (CASSA) project published an article, “Bringing agroecology to scale: key drivers and emblematic cases,” in the March issue of the journal Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.


Agroecology as a transformative movement has gained momentum in many countries worldwide. In

By | March 26th, 2018|agroecology, Learning Community, News, Publications|

“Ending Seasonal Hunger in Nicaragua” Nominated for Remi Award!

CAN is proud to announce that “Ending Seasonal Hunger in Nicaragua,” has been nominated for a Remi Award at the 51st Annual Independent Film Festival to be held April 20-29 in Houston, Texas. 

The documentary film explores food cultures, farming practices, and innovative solutions to reduce seasonal

By | March 26th, 2018|agroecology, coffee farmers, Film, Food Sovereignty, Las Segovias, News, Nicaragua|

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, and co-developed the organizational infrastructure to create a community land trust and cooperative incubation program for the

By | February 10th, 2018|agroecology, News|

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.

  During CAN’s 2017 Intercambio, held at UC Santa Cruz, the Moore family donated a beautiful mosaic table and benches as a memorial for their daughter/sister/friend,

By | January 22nd, 2018|Intercambio, News|

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 Ziegler from Cornucopia Real Estate for hosting CAN!

(left) Mario (seated) from the Growing Justice team

By | January 22nd, 2018|Growing Justice, News|

Reflections from the 2017 AgroEcology Shortcourse

Pathways to Resilience: An Agroecological Approach
by Linda Lonnqvist, CAN project manager, on attending her first Agroecology Shortcourse
So Much Talk About Soil
As a social scientist, at the agroecology shortcourse I felt a huge knowledge

By | January 22nd, 2018|agroecology, News, shortcourse|

Agroecology Treasure Hunt at the Learning Community CASSA

Hoots of laughter made the Agroecology Treasure Hunt the loudest session at CASSA’s third Encuentro in April. Perhaps coincidentally, it was also the session with the most hands-on action outdoors. CAN affiliated researcher Bruce Ferguson, a professor at ECOSUR whose research is focused on mainstreaming agroecology, set up this session to give the CASSA participants

By | September 19th, 2017|agroecology, Learning Community, News|

Job Announcement | CAN Associate Director

The CAN Associate Director position will work closely with the CAN team and our partner organizations to build the organization, further develop the network and promote CAN’s mission and programs. The ideal candidate will possess a range of skills in fundraising, program management, and participatory community development.

By | August 18th, 2017|agroecology, News|

Empowered Women

In the small coffee-growing community of Piedra Parada, tucked into the highlands of Veracruz, Mexico, a small group of business women are engrossed in decision making: what business do they want to start; which skills do they need to learn; and what are they going to do with the funds they have from their other

By | August 1st, 2017|agroecology, coffee farmers, News, VIDA|

Growing Justice Project — Spring Roundup

CAN is proud to announce that Ashley Solis-Pavon was selected by the local community as the 2017 Santa Cruz NEXTies “Person under 18.”

Ashley Solis-Pavon, a member of CAN’s youth empowerment project, Growing Justice, was selected by the local community as the 2017 Santa Cruz NEXTies “Person under 18.” Ashley was

By | July 7th, 2017|Growing Justice, News, Student Projects|

Integrating Agroecology and Participatory Action Research (PAR): Lessons from Central America

New publication by CAN and Agroecology & Livelihoods Collaborative in Special Issue of Sustainability — Agroecology at the Crossroads: Challenges for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems 


The last decade has seen an increasing advancement and interest in the integration of agroecology and participatory action research (PAR). This article aims to: (1) analyze the key

By | June 25th, 2017|agroecology, News, Publications, Research Publications|

Ending Seasonal Hunger in Nicaragua

The documentary film, “Ending Seasonal Hunger in Nicaragua” explores food cultures, agroecological farming practices, and innovative solutions to improve diets and reduce seasonal hunger among smallholder coffee farming families in northern Nicaragua. It captures breathtaking tropical landscapes and the daily rhythms of rural life connected to Nicaragua’s rich history of struggle and solidarity. The film highlights

By | April 7th, 2017|agroecology, Donate, Food Sovereignty, News, Nicaragua, videos|

Between Structure and Freedom in the Learning Community

The Learning Community for Building Food Sovereignty project, “CASSA,” funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is in full swing. The aim of this two-year project (2016–2018) based in southern Mexico is to promote food security and food sovereignty in Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula. CAN and its network partner El Colegio de la Frontera

By | March 12th, 2017|Food Sovereignty, Learning Community, News|

XVIII Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse

The Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC)* at the University of Vermont (UVM), in partnership with the Community Agroecology Network (CAN), announce the 2017 International Agroecology Shortcourse. The course theme is: Pathways to Resilience: An Agroecological Approach. This year’s shortcourse will

By | February 24th, 2017|agroecology, News, shortcourse|

Report from the Field | Agroecology Training Course in Mozambique

The Agroecology Training course was held in Marracuene District, Mozambique, which is approximately 25 kilometers north of the capital Maputo.

In October 2016, CAN co-founders and board members Steve Gliessman and Robbie Jaffe traveled to Mozambique to take part in the 17th Annual Agroecology Shortcourse. This training

By | February 10th, 2017|agroecology, News, shortcourse|

CAN Featured in the 3rd Annual Good Food Org Guide

Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation just released the 3rd annual Good Food Org Guide, which features 1,000 nonprofit organizations creating a better food system across the United States. We’re so excited to be featured on the guide which you can download here.

By | November 29th, 2016|News|

Growing Justice Photo a Winner!

A photo taken of the Growing Justice project by Suraya Arslan, CAN’s Executive and Programs Coordinator, is one of the winners of the Johns Hopkins University Food Policy Networks 2nd annual photo contest.

The photo contest challenged the public to show what food policy looks like in action. One photo could be submitted in each of

By | November 10th, 2016|Growing Justice, News|

What Collaborative Research Looks Like

Meet Maria Eugenia Flores Gomez, Chris Bacon and their daughter Rosalia. Maria Eugenia (Mari) is CAN‘s project manager for the Food Security and Food Sovereignty Project in Las Segovias, Nicaragua. Chris is a Professor at Santa Clara University and a CAN affiliated researcher. CAN‘s collaboration with the 
By | May 23rd, 2016|agroecology, News|

CAN’s 2014-2015 Annual Report Available

Discover how we’ve been working to end hunger and build food sovereignty among small farmers in Mexico and Central America.

Our 2014-2015 annual report looks at six strategies that guide our work in ending hunger among small farmers and introduces three new projects. Please read and join us in supporting rural women, men,

By | May 23rd, 2016|agroecology, News|

Keurig Green Mountain Executive Team Visits Coffee Farmers

In December, CAN Executive Director Roseann Cohen, Associate Director Heather Putnam and Project Manager Maria Eugenia Flores traveled with executive team members of the coffee company Keurig Green Mountain (KGM) to visit CAN’s Food Security in Las Segovias Project in Northern Nicaragua. The group traveled two and a half hours from the hot and humid

By | March 8th, 2016|News|

Seedbanks & Farmer-Led Experimentation: The Search for Solutions

Seedbanks and farmer-led experimentation enhance local food sovereignty and climate change resiliency in rural Nicaragua.

Seedbanks are important reservoirs of genetic diversity that help subsistance farming communities secure their supply of quality, locally-adapted seed. This in turn means that they do not depend on imported seed–often genetically modified–and they can assure their own food supply in

By | March 8th, 2016|News|

CAN and ECOSUR Launch Collaboration in Southern Mexico

In November, CAN Executive Director Roseann Cohen and Associate Director Heather Putnam traveled to San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico to launch a new project with partner organization El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR).  The project, which is financed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will be organized as a 2-year course.  It aims to

By | December 16th, 2015|News|

Report from the Field | Climate Change

In October, Heather Putnam, CAN’s Associate Director, visited CAN’s partner organization the UCA San Ramón.

The first thing I noticed upon arriving to the northern department of Matagalpa was how hot and dry it was – typically, October is the height of the rainy season and can be quite cool up in the mountains. I

By | November 23rd, 2015|News|

A New Study on the Need for More Public Funds for Agroecology

Environmental Science & Policy just published a new study by Marcia DeLonge, Liz Carlisle, and Albie Miles. The authors took on the challenge of finding the answer to an unanswered question: how much federal money is invested for agroecology research?

Technical details can be found in the

By | November 23rd, 2015|News|

AgroEco® Coffee | Report from the Field | Heather Putnam

In October, I visited the two first level cooperatives that produce CAN’s AgroEco® Nicaragua Coffee, and meet with the cooperatives and women’s groups participating in AgroEco®. I came away from my visit to the cooperative in La Pita with a sense of hope and also a mandate for more action.

The cooperative, like all coffee farmers

By | November 23rd, 2015|News|

Student Project | Using Digital Tools to Map Food Access

Sophia Bassett applied skills that she learned in the Everett Program at UC Santa Cruz when she worked with students in Watsonville, California to produce food access maps. Her update follows.

My partners in this digital mapping project are Community Agroecology Network (CAN), Mesa Verde Gardens, the Everett Program at UC Santa

By | October 28th, 2015|Growing Justice, News|

Student Project | Seed Saving Strategies in San Ramón, Nicaragua

Adriana Adriana with home stay mom, Dona Emelda, in La Reyna, San Ramon, Nicaragua

Adriana Murguia completed a senior internship documenting forms of seed saving as her senior exit for the Environmental Studies Major and Agroecology Concentration. To support her work, Adriana applied to a

By | October 28th, 2015|agroecology, News, Student Projects|

International Panel of Experts (IPES-Food) & World Food Day

Rome, Italy.  The group of world-wide experts on sustainable food systems (IPES-Food) held their 4th meeting in Rome, Italy October 16-17 in conjunction with the FAO Committee on Food Security meeting and World Food Day. More than 24 members of IPES-Food gathered including CAN’s Board Chair, Steve Gliessman and two new members: CAN-affiliated

By | October 26th, 2015|News|

The Way Forward | Accelerating Gender Equity in Coffee Value Chains

In 2014, the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) founded the Partnership for Gender Equity. The objective of this strategic initiative is to illuminate how gender inequality at origin impacts coffee outcomes and the well-being of producers and to figure out how to respond. The CQI has just released an executive summary that includes key research findings,

By | October 12th, 2015|News|

Pesticide Action Network Releases New Book

On September 29, 2015, at the 4th International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) in Geneva, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International released Replacing Chemicals with Biology: Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology. This new PAN book was written to address the concerns of policy makers around the world who are faced with the need

By | October 12th, 2015|News|

AgroEco® Coffee has a New Look!

AgroEco® Coffee bags have a new look this Fall! It’s the same delicious coffee with a fresh, new look! The red label is for coffee from Nicaragua; the blue label is for coffee from Mexico.

Along with the new labels, we have a new poster that shows how your purchase of AgroEco® Coffee

By | September 28th, 2015|News|

Good Reads | Can We Level the Playing Field for Coffee Growers?

Check out Lucas Oliver Oswald’s article (August 12, 2015) in Grist: “Can we level the playing field for coffee growers?”  Oswald does an analysis about the changing coffee industry and the rise of direct trade. CAN affiliated researcher Dr. Christopher Bacon (Santa Clara University) was interviewed for the article and raised caution about direct trade. Read

By | August 25th, 2015|News|

Agroecology World Fair Day

Celebrate Agroecology at UC Santa Cruz and Around the World

Friday July 17, 2015
4-6 pm
Cowell Ranch Hay Barn
UC Santa Cruz Campus (near main entrance)
Santa Cruz, California

Agroecology World Fair Day takes place during the 16th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse. Participate http://nosubhealth.com/ in an exchange among course participants,

By | July 9th, 2015|agroecology, News|

Report from the Field | Ixhuatlan del Café, Veracruz, Mexico

In early June, CAN Executive Director Rose Cohen and Associate Director Heather Putnam traveled to the Central Highlands of Veracruz, Mexico to meet with CAN network partners there and visit rural coffee-growing communities where CAN is working to promote food security and sovereignty in addition to women’s and youth economic empowerment. Heather filed this report:

By | June 30th, 2015|News|

Ensia Magazine Essay | Agroecology can help fix our broken food system

Inspired by Steve Gliessman and Mark Bittman debating the merits of the term “agroecology” during Steve’s Edible 101 presentation, Maywa Montenegro (food systems researcher, UC Berkeley) wrote an essay published today in Ensia Magazine. The essay, co-published by Ensia Magazine and Food Tank, looks at  “agroeocology as a cross-pollination of knowledge, grounded in science,

By | June 17th, 2015|agroecology, News|

Report from the Field | Quintana Roo

CAN Associate Director Heather Putnam recently visited the Zona Maya in Quintana Roo, Mexico to meet with women’s groups working with CAN and the Intercultural Maya University of Quintana Roo (UIMQRoo) to improve household food security and sovereignty in a two year project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Here is her report

By | May 6th, 2015|agroecology, News|

Growing Coffee Food Forests | Youth Network Regional Exchange

April 13-19, 2015: Nicaragua

The first internal capacity building exchange of CAN’s network this year took place the week of April 13-19, 2015.  More than 25 women and youth leaders from CAN’s partner organizations VIDA AC in Veracruz, Mexico, PRODECOOP and CII-ASDENIC in Las Segovias, Nicaragua, and the UCA San Ramón in San Ramón, Nicaragua joined

By | April 29th, 2015|agroecology, Intercambio, News|

Presentation at SCAA Meeting in Seattle, Washington

Community Agroecology Network’s (CAN) Food Security & Sovereignty in Las Segovias, Nicaragua project was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Sustainability Award. Roseann Cohen, executive director of CAN, Maria Eugenia Flores, project manager, Christopher Bacon, CAN affiliated researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

By | April 29th, 2015|News|

FoCAN’s Jessica Arciga’s Report from Intercambio 2015

FoCAN makes an invaluable contribution to Intercambio, CAN’s international youth exchange. In a blog posted on the FoCAN website, Jessica Arciga shares her experience as an Intercambio 20015 intern.

Intercambio was wonderful week spent among 17 youth exchanges from Veracruz & Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico and Esteli & San Ramon, Nicaragua. The week was full of activities

By | April 8th, 2015|Intercambio, News|

Steve Gliessman’s Lecture | Edible Education 101

On Monday, March 30, CAN’s Board President and co-founder Steve Gliessman gave a lecture as part of this year’s Edible Education 101. Steve gave an overview of agroecology, using  CAN’s work as an example. There were more than 200 people in attendance. After the lecture, Steve and Mark Bittman, co-host of Edible Education 101, continued

By | April 7th, 2015|agroecology, News|

WhyHunger Releases New Agroecology Publication

WhyHunger has released its first agroecology publication, “Agroecology: Putting Food Sovereignty into Action.” The publication shares the knowledge and perspectives of 10 social movement leaders who are working to “scale up” agroecology around the world. It also highlights the social, political, cultural, nutritional and spiritual meanings of agroecology from within communities that

By | March 26th, 2015|News|

Edible Education 101 at UC Berkeley | Stephen Gliessman

“Sustainable Farming through Agroecology” with Stephen Gliessman and Mark Bittman 

CAN Board President and co-founder Stephen Gliessman is giving a lecture on March 30 for the online course, Edible Education 101. This course was “created in conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebration of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. Alice

By | March 21st, 2015|agroecology, News|

Collaborations for Adaptation: Smallholder Coffee Farming in Latin America

CAN Executive Director Roseann Cohen and Associate Director Heather Putnam traveled to Vermont to participate in a workshop that held from January 8-10, 2015. The workshop brought together three groups who have a vested interest and experience in working with small holder coffee producers in Latin America: direct and fair trade coffee roasters; non-profit organizations;

By | March 11th, 2015|News|

Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology

Nyéléni, Mali

La Via Campesina has published the Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology on its website. The Declaration was produced by delegates from diverse organizations and international movements of small-scale food producers. The delegates gathered at the Nyéléni Center in Sélingué, Mali from February 24-27, 2015, “to come to a

By | March 11th, 2015|News|

From the Roots Up

Global Justice Now, a social justice organization based in London, England, has just published a report that says “…small-scale farmers are the key to addressing food issues across African countries.” The report From the Roots Up : how agroecology can feed Africa discusses agroecology projects in Tanzania, Cameroon, Uganda, and

By | March 9th, 2015|News|

Seeds of Identity

On March 9, 2015, CAN’s network partner, VIDA, is holding a gathering for women in honor of International Women’s Day. The purpose of the gathering is to recognize women’s contributions to food sovereignty. Topics include traditional food recipes, seed banks, and seed conservation.

By | March 5th, 2015|News|

International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition Final Report

“FAO held the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition at its headquarters in Rome on September 18 and 19, 2014. Approximately 400 people from 61 different countries (including Permanent Representatives and staff members of representations, FAO / IFAD / WFP staff members, their

By | February 17th, 2015|agroecology, News, Publications|

Interview with Adriana Murguia, FoCAN Intercambio Event Coordinator

The February issue of the UC Santa Cruz Sustainability Office features an interview with Adriana Murguia, Friends of CAN’s (FoCAN’s) Intercambio Event Coordinator. Adriana discusses how her work supports sustainability efforts. Click here to read the interview and here to learn more about CAN’s 2015 Intercambio.

By | February 13th, 2015|agroecology, Intercambio, News|

Report from Veracruz, Mexico

3 February 2015: The coffee leaf rust (la roya) has reached the Central Highlands of Veracruz, Mexico and small-scale coffee farming families are working to quickly respond to the blight before it further impacts their livelihoods. As the Mexican government promotes a host of new agrochemicals, CAN’s partner VIDA A.C. is steadfast in its promotion

By | February 9th, 2015|agroecology, News|

2015 Agroecology Shortcourse

Agroecology, A Global Movement:
Tracing Our Roots and Looking Forward

July 12-25, 2015
Sustainable Living Center
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
Santa Cruz, California

Learn more

By | January 22nd, 2015|agroecology, News|

Steve Gliessman Keynote Speaker | Rose Cohen Speaker | USAID Symposium

Steve&RoseCAN Board president Steve Gliessman (Professor Emeritus of Agroecology, UCSC) and CAN Executive Director Roseann Cohen head to Washington, D.C. to attend “Design for Resilience in Smallholder Farming Systems: Symposium and Consultation on Agroecological Principles, Design and Practice.” As keynote speaker, Steve will lay

By | January 19th, 2015|News|

From the Field | Heather Putnam

CAN Associate Director Heather Putnam made a visit to our partner organization the Union of Cooperatives in San Ramón (UCA San Ramón), Nicaragua the first week of December. Our ongoing partnership with the UCA San Ramon is supporting 8 cooperatives to build community food sovereignty and sustainable local food systems. A principal challenge to this

By | December 10th, 2014|agroecology, News|

From the Field | Ben Valdez

Ben Valdez has been an active FoCAN student leader for the past two years and is currently completing a field study with CAN’s partner organization VIDA AC in the Central Highlands of Veracruz, Mexico. Here is his latest update from the fie

Greetings from Ixhuatlan de Café, Veracruz Mexico! My name is Benjamin Valdez,

By | December 10th, 2014|News|

From the Field | Suraya Arslan

Update from the Field
Suraya Arslan, CAN field intern

27 October 2014: The digital revolution has come late to Nicaragua. The country ranks last regionally and 114th globally in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development according to a 2013 report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Despite this late start, Nicaraguans have quickly embraced mobile devices

By | December 10th, 2014|News|

2014 Challenge Grant Announced!

Help Us Turn $30,000 into $60,000!!

This year, generous contributions of $25,000 from the  Crary Family Foundation and $5,000 from the Stocker Family Fund have increased our challenge grant to $30,000. Every dollar that you contribute will be matched up to $30,000. Please join us in supporting rural women and youth working toward a more just

By | October 13th, 2014|Donate, News|

Women-Owned Café to Open in San Ramón, Nicaragua

CAN seeks to improve food security and sovereignty (FSS) in rural communities in Central America and Mexico. We promote a combination of strategies that aim to increase local availability and accessibility of diverse, nutritious foods, and improve the environment, but also to empower women as economic agents and providers in

By | October 13th, 2014|News, Project Reports, Publications|

Explaining the “Hungry Farmer Paradox”

Most of the world’s food insecure people live in marginal rural environments. A recent study with coffee producers in northern Nicaragua’s highlands helps explain this “hungry farmer paradox.” These small-scale farmers experienced an average of three months of seasonal hunger over the year studied. Although cash income helped alleviate food scarcity, households

By | October 13th, 2014|News, Publications, Research Publications|

Yucatán Peninsula

STUDENT PROJECT: ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK 2010 | Collections from Near and Afar: Yucatán Peninsula

During Spring Break 2010, Patricia Fung, then a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), participated in CAN’s Alternative Spring Break program. She traveled to the Yucatán Peninsula with 11 students

By | October 11th, 2014|News|

Taste of La Pita

The Garcia-Díaz Family, La Pita, Nicaragua. Photo: Mara Nielsen The Garcia-Díaz Family, La Pita, Nicaragua. Photo: Mara Nielsen


In January 2014, Mara Nielsen took part in CAN’s International Field Study program and spent two weeks living with the Garcia-Díaz family in La Pita, Nicaragua. During

By | October 11th, 2014|Publications, Student Projects|

Youth Leadership & Education for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

ANNUAL REPORT: Year 3 — March 1, 2013 – February 28, 2014

proud kids showing off vegetable plots

Through the Youth Leadership and Education for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Project, the Community Agroecology Network, in collaboration with our partner organizations the Union of Cooperatives San Ramón (UCA

By | October 7th, 2014|Project Reports, Publications|

Food Security and Sovereignty in Las Segovias, Nicaragua

ANNUAL REPORT: Year 4 — November 1, 2012 – October 30, 2013


Through the Food Security and Sovereignty in Las Segovias Project the Community Agroecology Network (CAN), in collaboration with our partner organization PRODECOOP, RL, aims to improve food security and reduce seasonal hunger among 1500 smallholder

By | October 7th, 2014|Project Reports, Publications|

Steve Gliessman Named to Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)

Steve GliessmanCAN’s co-founder and chair of the Board of Directors, Dr. Stephen Gliessman, (Professor Emeritus of Agroecology, University of California, Santa Cruz) has been appointed to an international panel of experts on sustainable food systems. The panel is co-chaired by Dr. Olivia Yambi, nutritionist and former

By | August 27th, 2014|News|

Innovative AgroEco® Coffee Trade Agreement Empowers Women

Community Agroecology Network (CAN) has joined coffee importer Ético: The Ethical Trading Company (ÉTICO), the British NGO Social Business Network, local coffee roaster Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company, the Union of Cooperatives in San Ramón, Nicaragua (UCA SR), and the Denis Gutierrez coffee cooperative to recognize and include the unpaid work of

By | June 26th, 2013|Uncategorized|

CAN’s 4th Annual Youth Exchange – A Success!

CAN’s 4th Annual Youth Exchange or Intercambio took place from May 15-23, 2014, in the coffee-growing highlands of Veracruz, México. The Youth Exchange brought 32 youth leaders together to share experiences and knowledge about building food sovereignty in their own communities. The majority of the youth are leaders or promotores from CAN’s Food Security and

By | April 17th, 2013|agroecology, Intercambio, Uncategorized|

Face to Face: Food Security in Latin America | Youth Exchange Event at SCU | Apr 12

Food and Agribusiness Institute hosts a food-security conversation with youth organizers visiting from Latin America. The youth are participants in CAN’s 3rd International Youth Exchange for Food Security & Sovereignty (April 8–16). Coffee Brewbar tasting with the youth organizers outside Sunstream Cafe from 2–3 pm. Agro®Eco Coffee provided by CAN.

Santa Clara University campus map and directions

By | April 17th, 2013|Uncategorized|