Notes 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:

Our visit included participating in a workshop with families working with CAN and VIDA’s food security and sovereignty project. Women and youth collectively reflected on what they had achieved in the last four years of the project and what they saw that still needs to be improved to further decrease seasonal hunger and strengthen livelihoods in their communities. The women shared their accomplishments, which include having more food available because of their vegetable gardens and all of the agroecological practices, like composting, that they had learned through the project. As one woman put it, “with all of the different food available, if there are no beans, then we can go get some squash or something else out of the garden and change our diet according to what is in the garden, and we eat well. Or we could trade foods that we have for foods that we don’t.”

However, the women pointed out that with the continuing crisis of the coffee leaf rust affecting their coffee yields even more this year than last, that things had been difficult in the last year and would probably be more challenging in the year to come. One woman said, “this year we will have to look for another way to earn money. I am going to take in sewing. That is what we have to do—be creative.” They also said that the situation will be difficult for a few years to come as they are replanting the affected coffee plants this year, but it will take at least three more years to have a coffee harvest from these plants.

The next day we were able to meet with AgroEco® coffee farmers from the Campesinos en la Lucha Agraria Cooperative and sign this year’s coffee importing contract based on the price and terms we had negotiated with them. They told us how they had invested the Women’s Unpaid Labor Fund from last year’s coffee harvest into the development of a women-centered agroecological coffee brand called Femcafe, which they will market locally in Mexico.

Finally we were able to visit the CAN-supported school garden in the high school in the community of Ocotitlan. There we met the graduating class of seniors who had built the school garden in its new location on land donated by a local farmer. The students showed us the amazing diversity of plants in the garden and shared the skills they had learned, like production planning, double-digging, making compost, and companion planting.

Effects of Global Warming on Humans – From 2015 IPCC AR5 Data – PlanetSave.com


PlanetSave.com

Effects of Global Warming on Humans – From 2015 IPCC AR5 Data
PlanetSave.com
Asia — Adaptation is being facilitated in some areas through mainstreaming climate adaptation action into subnational development planning, early warning systems, integrated water resources management, agroforestry, and coastal reforestation of …

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New report tries to square circle of producing more food – and caring for … – Western Morning News


Western Morning News

New report tries to square circle of producing more food – and caring for
Western Morning News
The 151-page report covers big issues and takes a close look at the relationship between sustainable intensification and agroecology. Both are wide ranging subjects and the report raises important questions, particularly on how readily these concepts

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Agroecology Practices Critical to Sustainable Agriculture, but Lack Funding – Union of Concerned Scientists

Agroecology Practices Critical to Sustainable Agriculture, but Lack Funding
Union of Concerned Scientists
WASHINGTON (June 30, 2015)—More than 300 leading scientists have issued a statement calling on Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize agroecology—the science of managing agricultural lands and minimizing their impact …

Balancing needs of farming and wildlife subject of major new report – Western Morning News


Western Morning News

Balancing needs of farming and wildlife subject of major new report
Western Morning News
The 151-page report covers big issues and takes a close look at the relationship between sustainable intensification and agroecology. Both are wide ranging subjects and the report raises important questions, particularly on how readily these concepts

“It Is Possible to Improve Productivity Without Losing Your Genetic Base … – AllAfrica.com

"It Is Possible to Improve Productivity Without Losing Your Genetic Base
AllAfrica.com
If you go to the website of AFSA, you would see a lot of case studies on agro-ecology. We want to focus on farming ways where farmers are able to produce better without harming their environment. We are going to collect hundreds of cases. We want to

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Cuba’s Warming Relations with the US May Undermine its Agroecological City Farms – Center for Research on Globalization


Center for Research on Globalization

Cuba's Warming Relations with the US May Undermine its Agroecological City Farms
Center for Research on Globalization
Cuba is a global exemplar of organic, agroecological farming, taking place on broad swathes of land in and around its cities, write Julia Wright & Emily Morris. These farms cover 14% of the country's agricultural land, employ 350,000 people, and

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Cuba’s Warming Relations with the US May Undermine its Agroecological City … – Center for Research on Globalization


Center for Research on Globalization

Cuba's Warming Relations with the US May Undermine its Agroecological City
Center for Research on Globalization
Cuba is a global exemplar of organic, agroecological farming, taking place on broad swathes of land in and around its cities, write Julia Wright & Emily Morris. These farms cover 14% of the country's agricultural land, employ 350,000 people, and

Prolific eastern red cedar proves useful – Columbia Daily Tribune


Columbia Daily Tribune

Prolific eastern red cedar proves useful
Columbia Daily Tribune
A few months ago, I emailed one of the researchers, Chung-Ho Lin, an assistant research professor in the University of Missouri's Center for Agroforestry, asking if he had made progress with this work that will make a sometimes unwanted tree into a

Cuba’s warming relations with the US may undermine its agroecological city farms – The Ecologist


The Ecologist

Cuba's warming relations with the US may undermine its agroecological city farms
The Ecologist
Cuba is a global exemplar of organic, agroecological farming, taking place on broad swathes of land in and around its cities, write Julia Wright & Emily Morris. These farms cover 14% of the country's agricultural land, employ 350,000 people, and

How a Permaculture Approach Could Change the Media – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

How a Permaculture Approach Could Change the Media
Permaculture Magazine
If we want to see permaculture design embedded throughout society, we need to think more holistically than food growing, low-impact housing and renewable energy. We also need a cultural narrative that empowers society to embrace those things in the

Government urged NOT to sign Protocol on Protection of new Plant Varieties – Lusaka Times

Government urged NOT to sign Protocol on Protection of new Plant Varieties
Lusaka Times
The Zambia Alliance for Agro-Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation has called on government not to sign the African Region Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) draft protocol on the protection of new plant varieties as it criminalizes small scale …

Project to reduce risk of harmful algal blooms in ponds and lakes

A new project to help identify and remediate harmful algal blooms could make Pennsylvania ponds and lakes safer for people and animals. With a grant from the Penn State-based Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center, trained Penn State Extension educators will collect data to help determine the abundance of these blooms and conduct workshops and other outreach activities to educate and assist pond and lake owners.

Brinsfield retiring from agriculture research posts – The Star Democrat


The Star Democrat

Brinsfield retiring from agriculture research posts
The Star Democrat
Russ Brinsfield is retiring July 1 as director of the Wye Research and Education Center and as executive director of the Harry R. Hughes Center fir Agro-Ecology, located near Queenstown. He has headed both organizations since their inception many years …

Amazon tribe creates 500-page traditional medicine encyclopedia – Mongabay.com


Mongabay.com

Amazon tribe creates 500-page traditional medicine encyclopedia
Mongabay.com
The unifying theme of Acaté's three programmatic areas, sustainable economy, traditional medicine, and agroecology is self-sufficiency. Acaté did not predetermine these three conservation priorities; they were set in discussion with the Matsés elders

Aeroponics System Eliminates Need for Soil in Gardening – Government Technology


Government Technology

Aeroponics System Eliminates Need for Soil in Gardening
Government Technology
Krish Jayachandran, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the Agroecology program at Florida International University, agrees. “For obesity, it's not about eating too much, it is the hormones and the chemicals we use to produce the food,” Jayachandran said.

Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day slated for Sept 17 in Griffin – Lincolnton Journal

Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day slated for Sept 17 in Griffin
Lincolnton Journal
Land is valuable – whether you own land, manage land or recreate on land. It can provide benefits for the landowner by way of yielding crops and timber, benefit wildlife by providing habitat and a food source and benefit those that recreate by

Rejected by His Mother at Birth, Romy the Sheep is Saved From a Farm and … – One Green Planet


One Green Planet

Rejected by His Mother at Birth, Romy the Sheep is Saved From a Farm and
One Green Planet
Focused on permaculture and agroforestry and growing a variety of plant foods, the farm where Romy was born is dedicated to sustainability and stewardship of the land. It also raises animals, who are used for their meat and eggs. Though the farm

Brinsfield retiring from two research organizations in QA – My Eastern Shore


My Eastern Shore

Brinsfield retiring from two research organizations in QA
My Eastern Shore
Russ Brinsfield is retiring July 1 as director of the Wye Research and Education Center and as executive director of the Harry R. Hughes Center fir Agro-Ecology, located near Queenstown. He has headed both organizations since their inception many years …

Soil-less fruits and vegetables: The sky is the limit with Aeroponic system – Miami Herald


Miami Herald

Soil-less fruits and vegetables: The sky is the limit with Aeroponic system
Miami Herald
Krish Jayachandran, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the Agroecology program at Florida International University, agrees. “For obesity, it's not about eating too much, it is the hormones and the chemicals we use to produce the food,” Jayachandran said.

Offsetters Signs Share Exchange Agreement to Acquire Assets of Forest Finance … – Satellite PR News (press release)

Offsetters Signs Share Exchange Agreement to Acquire Assets of Forest Finance
Satellite PR News (press release)
100% of the equity in ForestFinest Consulting GmbH (“ForestFinest”) of Germany, which is a leading international consultancy service provider for sustainable land use projects in the managed forest and agroforestry Space. ForestFinest is responsible

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Learn permaculture from the best this August – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (blog)


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (blog)

Learn permaculture from the best this August
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (blog)
During this 12-day intensive course, enjoy great food from local farms and country living at Three Sisters Farm, a 30 year old demonstration of permaculture, and visit other local examples of permaculture in action. Learn the design process and co

Win some, lose some for Minnesota bees

It’s been quite a roller coaster. After a series of gubernatorial vetoes and late-night negotiations, the Minnesota legislative session came to a close on June 13. This time around, our legislators passed a bundle of worrisome agricultural and environmental policy that had Minnesotans across the state voicing their concerns loud and clear.

Here at PAN, we focused on fighting for state policies to better protect honey bees and other pollinators from pesticides. How did things shake out on our issues? Well, there was some good, some hopeful and some ugly.

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Offsetters Signs Share Exchange Agreement to Acquire Assets of Forest Finance … – MarketWatch

Offsetters Signs Share Exchange Agreement to Acquire Assets of Forest Finance
MarketWatch
100% of the equity in ForestFinest Consulting GmbH ("ForestFinest") of Germany, which is a leading international consultancy service provider for sustainable land use projects in the managed forest and agroforestry space. ForestFinest is responsible

Scientists Oppose GMO Biocolonization of Costa Rica – The Costa Rica Star


The Costa Rica Star

Scientists Oppose GMO Biocolonization of Costa Rica
The Costa Rica Star
GMO Free SEED FREEDOM Press Release — Personalities from the eco-scientific and organic agriculture environments are speaking up against the letter from the American Embassy, in which the Costa Rican government is put under pressure to adopt …

Garden of Wisdom: Growing sustainable food expertise in West Oʻahu – UH System Current News

Garden of Wisdom: Growing sustainable food expertise in West Oʻahu
UH System Current News
On the east side of Oʻahu in the agriculturally rich Waiāhole Valley, agroecology students are learning how different kinds of food production systems perform environmentally. “We have a lot of environmental issues that have been caused from

Garden of Wisdom: Growing sustainable food expertise in West O’ahu – UH System Current News

Garden of Wisdom: Growing sustainable food expertise in West O'ahu
UH System Current News
On the east side of Oʻahu in the agriculturally rich Waiāhole Valley, agroecology students are learning how different kinds of food production systems perform environmentally. “We have a lot of environmental issues that have been caused from

Healthy soils, resilient farms

Innovative farmers and ranchers have, for generations, deliberately invested in building soil health. And this year — with the UN’s International Year of Soils and implementation of California's Healthy Soil Initiative well underway — we'll be pressing policymakers to turn innovation for healthy soil into standard practice.

The timing could not be better. Widespread implementation of practices that build and protect soil health is the only certain thing that will ensure farmers’ ability to both mitigate and adapt to worsening conditions associated with climate change. California's historic drought provides a dramatic case in point.

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‘Glyphosate will lead to largest health scandal’ – Buenos Aires Herald


Buenos Aires Herald

'Glyphosate will lead to largest health scandal'
Buenos Aires Herald
Argentina should change its agriculture model to agroecology, a viable option even though Monsanto says it isn't, Robin said. The World Health Organization recently categorized glyphosate as a probable carcinogenic after reviewing many investigations …

VN offers special aid to students of agroforestry, fisheries – VietNamNet Bridge

VN offers special aid to students of agroforestry, fisheries
VietNamNet Bridge
VN offers special aid to students of agroforestry, fisheries. The Vietnamese government will give VND72 billion (US$3.3 million) for training students of agriculture, forestry and fisheries at the Viet Nam National University of Agriculture (VNUA) in

The new green: Richard Di Natale on policies, priorities and life on the farm – Sydney Morning Herald

The new green: Richard Di Natale on policies, priorities and life on the farm
Sydney Morning Herald
Some of the trees are part of Di Natale's biodiverse, multispecies agroforestry endeavour and will be selectively harvested as they mature; other permanent plantings were done by carbon-offset organisation Greenfleet. The trees now look after

Best present for Dad? Protecting our kids from pesticides

Gadgets and ties are great, but this Father's Day I'm celebrating the growing momentum to protect kids' health from pesticides in California and beyond.

Over the past two weeks, parents, teachers and health professionals filled hearing rooms across the state demanding better protections for their children. It's still not clear, though, if decisionmakers are listening.

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Asia Plantation Capital Celebrates Singapore’s Pioneer Agarwood Plantation … – MarketWatch

Asia Plantation Capital Celebrates Singapore's Pioneer Agarwood Plantation
MarketWatch
"Asia Plantation Capital as one of the leading companies in agroforestry, wants to work with and has engaged with different agencies from around the world, to help put in place codes of practice and rules that will benefit both clients and companies

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Pope Francis issues cautious statements about GMOs – Biofortified Blog


Biofortified Blog

Pope Francis issues cautious statements about GMOs
Biofortified Blog
In other words, although the encyclical would appear to favor agbiotech such as Golden Rice, the encyclical also has the tenor of a predisposition to favor “agroecology” as opposed to “sustainable intensification” as the way forward for agriculture

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Friends of the Earth International: Pope Says Climate Crisis is a Matter of … – eNews Park Forest


Chicago Sun-Times

Friends of the Earth International: Pope Says Climate Crisis is a Matter of
eNews Park Forest
“The real solutions to feeding the world and nurturing our planet are in the hands of small scale food producers. Food sovereignty and agroecology provide us with peoples' knowledge and science and this is where we need to provide support,” added
FoE Malta: Pope says climate crisis is a matter of justice Gozo News (press release)



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FoE Malta: Pope says climate crisis is a matter of justice – Gozo News (press release)


Gozo News (press release)

FoE Malta: Pope says climate crisis is a matter of justice
Gozo News (press release)
Food sovereignty and agroecology provide us with peoples' knowledge and science and this is where we need to provide support.” Galea De Giovanni concluded, “in the run up to the critical climate summit in Paris and in its aftermath, politicians must

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Here’s what better relations with the US mean for city farms in Cuba – The Conversation AU


The Conversation AU

Here's what better relations with the US mean for city farms in Cuba
The Conversation AU
The principles of organic, or agroecological, farming were used to overcome the lack of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. These included making compost from local resources: manure, worm farms and food waste. Here, organic and agroecological farming …

Agroecology Can Help Fix Our Broken Food System. Here’s How. – The Daily Meal

Agroecology Can Help Fix Our Broken Food System. Here's How.
The Daily Meal
In Malawi, an estimated 200,000 farm families have begun embracing agroforestry, an agroecological technique that integrates trees in farms and landscapes to play multiple roles: fertilizing the soil, providing fruit for nutrition, giving fodder for

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

Maywa Montenegro’s essay, co-published by Ensia Magazine and Food Tank, looks at  “agroeocology as a cross-pollination of knowledge, grounded in science, practice, and social movement.”

Maywa Montenegro
Food Systems Researcher
University of California – Berkeley

Read the essay: Agroecology can help fix our broken food system. Here’s how


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FAO and partners’ joint studies call for indigenous people’s rights for … – Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

FAO and partners' joint studies call for indigenous people's rights for
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
Productivity increases through soil fertility improvements, crop diversification – both for own food and cash crops, better fallow management and combination with agroforestry are mentioned as priority areas of future support. “Indigenous peoples with

Call for contributions: ABS of plant genetic resources for farmers and … – Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research

Call for contributions: ABS of plant genetic resources for farmers and
Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research
In a forthcoming special issue of the magazine “Farming Matters,” ILEIA in collaboration with Bioversity International will explore if and how access and benefit sharing related to plant genetic resources can work for family farmers and agroecology.

Interview: UN official urges more knowledge about individual country’s land loss – Shanghai Daily (subscription)

Interview: UN official urges more knowledge about individual country's land loss
Shanghai Daily (subscription)
BONN, Germany, June 17 (Xinhua) — It is not a matter of technology, finance or manpower, but lack of knowledge about land that mainly blocks the actual efforts of human society to fight against desertification, the Executive Secretary of the United

Planting season: Few farmers to benefit from farm input in 2015 – National Mirror

Planting season: Few farmers to benefit from farm input in 2015
National Mirror
And any crop can be planted as long as it is adapted to the agro-ecology being considered. Every agroecological zone has its own advantage for a given crop.” Chairman of farmers' association for Lagos Chambers of Commerce Industry (LCCI), Prince …

Doctoral candidate joins U of M team for farming future – Grand Forks Herald


Grand Forks Herald

Doctoral candidate joins U of M team for farming future
Grand Forks Herald
One of the new players on the field is Patrick Ewing, a doctoral candidate in agroecology and agronomy at the University of Minnesota. Agroecology is the study of ecological processes that operate in agricultural production systems. Ewing studies soil …

Permaculture Design Series – Creating a Food Forest – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Permaculture Design Series – Creating a Food Forest
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
What if there was a way for you to live an abundant, non-polluting lifestyle that offers an example to your community, while cutting down on your grocery, water and energy bills? The concept of permaculture provides small, simple and common sense steps

AU names Addis garden after Wangari Maathai – Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)


Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)

AU names Addis garden after Wangari Maathai
Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)
She will be remembered for her instrumental role in engaging women in rural areas of Kenya to plant and nurture trees, mainly through agroforestry. The environmentalist introduced the idea of planting trees while serving in the National Council of

Sowing the seeds of permaculture at Eats, Shoots & Roots – Malay Mail Online


Malay Mail Online

Sowing the seeds of permaculture at Eats, Shoots & Roots
Malay Mail Online
First of all, what is permaculture? The word stands “permanent agriculture” and is about letting Nature run its course so that the land is always suited to farming. There are 12 rules to live by that cover, among others, environmental design, water

The inside job – Cecilia Macaulay works as a permaculture designer – Vocal Republic

The inside job – Cecilia Macaulay works as a permaculture designer
Vocal Republic
My job in a nutshell: Many permaculturists give attention to agriculture. I am good at gardens however I give attention to the social aspect. Both are about assembling self-contained ecosystems the place all of the creatures take care of one another

UC Berkeley’s Student-Run Garden Offers Urban Oasis to Students and … – KQED


KQED

UC Berkeley's Student-Run Garden Offers Urban Oasis to Students and
KQED
One of the allies of the garden, Agroecology Professor Miguel Altieri, often tries to rent the space closest to the garden where he too gardens organically, but the students can't control what happens on the other side of the fence. While they

Working Trees for Islands Showcases Power of Agroforestry – USDA.gov (press release) (blog)


USDA.gov (press release) (blog)

Working Trees for Islands Showcases Power of Agroforestry
USDA.gov (press release) (blog)
Breadfruit is a key component of some Pacific Islands traditional agroforestry systems, which provide a model for revitalizing food production in Hawaii. Along with other conservation partners, the Breadfruit Institute is promoting the use and

Glastir woodland creation grant scheme re-opens in Wales next week with … – Daily Post North Wales


Daily Post North Wales

Glastir woodland creation grant scheme re-opens in Wales next week with
Daily Post North Wales
Pasture Land (£1,600/ha): This is to support tree planting as part of an agroforestry system. Welsh forestry generates more than £450m-a-year and provides more than 11,000 jobs, but Mr Sargeant said the benefits of tree planting were not purely economic.

The inside job – Cecilia Macaulay works as a permaculture designer – Sydney Morning Herald

The inside job – Cecilia Macaulay works as a permaculture designer
Sydney Morning Herald
When I grew up I heard the term permaculture and I thought, "Yes! This is everything that thrills me in life. Making something from nothing and generating what you want from life." A great day is: Working in a client's garden with their friends. I'm