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4% Latin American School for Agroecology (ELAA), Parana, Brazil

The Brazillian Movement of the Landless Rural Workers (MST) and La Vía Campesina Brasil now run eleven secondary schools and university courses in agroecology.  The mission of these schools is to engage and train the movements’ youth to provide technical assistance in agroecology to campesino (rural producer) families.

The school was conceived during the 2005 World Social Forum in Brazil, when representatives signed a protocol of cooperation for the Latin American countryside.  This proposes actions for the strengthening of campesino resistance to industrial agriculture, including the promotion of agroecology through the training of technicians at schools such as ELAA. All of ELAA’s students are activists from the social movements in La Via Campesina. Women represent about 40% of the student body, and the age of students, although averaging at 20, ranges between 18 and 54.

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  Some of the projects we support

4% - Soil for Life - Established in 2002, Soil for Life assists Township communities in South Africa to overcome hunger and poverty through the establishment of food gardens. 

4% - NEED Burma - Burma’s Network for Environment and Economic Development works with people across all ethnic groups to build a stronger civil society that empowers rural communities to develop sustainable futures.

4% - CELUCT - have been working for over 20 years to create sustainable, agro-ecological farming practices to tackle food insecurity in Zimbabwe.

1% - Middlewood Trust - The Middlewood Trust is based in Lancashire and was set up 30 years ago to provide education and research into sustainable living and food production, low impact lifestyles and ecosystems.

1% - St. John's Sunshine - is a community co-operative in Old Trafford which generates solar energy for a community centre and uses the revenue to benefit local people.

View some of the other projects we've supported

 
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