SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica, June 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – EARTH University is delighted to have launched a new project that will integrate and advance regenerative organic practices in smallholder cocoa farms in Costa Rica. The project is implemented by EARTH and funded by Patagonia, an American company that supports environmental organizations with bold direct action programs aimed at building a fair, inclusive and diverse environmental movement.
By executing the principles of regeneration on one of EARTH’s model farms on the Guácimo campus and implementing a participatory and holistic training model, the initiative aims to strengthen the knowledge of 50 cocoa farming families in the area. province of Limón. The training program will address topics such as soil health and land management, animal welfare and equity for farmers and workers while promoting the use of good agricultural practices for the production of organic crops. and soil regeneration.
The initiative will be implemented in three phases: (1) strengthen regenerative practices at EARTH’s integrated organic farm and create and adapt training tools; (2) with support from EARTH Futures, EARTH University’s global solutions center that promotes positive transformation and empowerment of communities, by identifying and selecting farmers to participate in the training program and; (3) carrying out participatory workshops with farmers, under the supervision and experience of the academic program.
“We are delighted to support the important work of EARTH University aimed at bringing regenerative organic practices to these small cocoa farms in Costa Rica. This effort is a model for farmers who see the need to move away from chemicals and thus respect the natural ecosystem, which will improve the health of their own farms and communities ”, said Birgit Cameron, head of Patagonia Provisions.
EARTH’s experience with cocoa farmers is vast:
- The Plataforma Cacao Caribe (Caribbean Cacao Platform) was created in 2017, made up of 300 members (60% from the cocoa sector) who seek to accelerate the transition to a green economy, promote sustainability throughout the chain. cocoa supply and increase crop efficiency. production.
- In 2018, EARTH participated with the Platform in the creation of the National Cocoa Plan 2018-2028, led by the Ministry of Agriculture.
- Currently, EARTH is working in partnership with USAID’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID / ASHA) to build a cocoa processing laboratory that will promote best practices in entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability.
The Caribbean is the region of the country with the highest concentration of cocoa crops. For this reason, cocoa farmers and their families play an important role not only in production, but also as actors promoting environmental protection and soil regeneration.
With Patagonia’s support, the practice of regenerative organic farming will help strengthen and recover soils from cocoa plantations, combat the impact of chemical use on soils, and support mitigation of climate change.
“We are delighted to be implementing this project with the support of Patagonia. The strengths of EARTH will be put to good use for the benefit of small farmers in the Huetar Caribe region. With this initiative, we will work collaboratively with farmers so that they can learn, improve their production and take advantage of agricultural inputs using regeneration principles ”, said Mauricio Segura, project director.
For thirty years, EARTH has been a leader in sustainable agriculture and environmental protection practices, basing all its efforts on the fundamental values which constitute the foundation of the institution: ethical behavior, sustainable development, research of knowledge. , social conscience, and academic excellence.
About the EARTH
EARTH is a private, international, non-profit university dedicated to the holistic education of the Agricultural Science Engineering Degree. The University prepares leaders with ethical values who will contribute to sustainable development and build a more just and prosperous society. Most of their students come from rural areas, places that are essential for the future of humanity.
For nearly 40 years, Patagonia has supported groups working to find solutions to the environmental crisis. Patagonia supports environmental organizations with bold outreach programs and a commitment to long-term change. The company supports innovative work that tackles the root causes of the environmental crisis and seeks to protect both the environment and affected communities.
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