Latin America

Programs

In total there are 23 organizations in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay who are involved in running the program in Latin America. The organizations work together with local unions, groups of family farmers, indigenous peoples organizations, schools and agroecological networks.

Together, the organizations develop and strengthen ecological methods for a sustainable society. For example, they work with environmental pedagogy, cultivation methods, participatory certification for organic crops and goods, develop markets and other sales systems, systems for producing and exchanging seeds and plants, and start companies run by village communities. It is notable that efforts are being made to strengthen the role of women in business and organizations. Young people and young adults' involvement and organization are also an important part of the program.

Projects

The program also strive to influence reforms and laws that support the development of a just and sustainable society. For example, the organizations are pushing for public procurement to prioritize food from organic family farms. There are also campaigns for restrictions on genetically modified crops. Locally, the organizations further negotiates with authorities to gain access to marketplaces for family farmers' sales and to obtain advice on organic farming. Several of the program organizations also work for education and schools to use environmental education and include more environmental knowledge in teaching, and the indigenous peoples organizations are pushing for increased respect for collective rights.