On February 2 and 3, the Drylands Farmer Research Network (FRN) held a strategic planning meeting that focused on developing a realistic roadmap to align project activities with the farmer calendar in 2021.
Throughout 2021, the CCRP will be engaging in activities and events focusing on farmer research networks (FRNs). These events will culminate in a virtual convening that will take place the week of October 25, 2021
Agroferias Campesinas started as a project of the gastronomic society APEGA and later became an association formed by the participants. Closed during the first months of COVID-19, a reduced version of it now runs three days a week, with the aid of a small CCRP grant, recently started online delivery.
With Minnesota as a key global center for agriculture production and home to local to global food companies, Global Minnesota hosted a World Food Day event at which CCRP co-director Jane Maland Cady participated in a panel hosted by the Regenerative Agriculture Foundation.
The Agroecology Support (AES) to the CCRP has been busy in 2020. The AES is supported by a cross-cutting grant to a team at the University of Vermont’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), an international leader in research and education on transdisciplinary and participatory agroecology.
Since July 2020, a monthly seminar series has been bringing together McKnight supported researchers from across the three regions to discuss the challenges and successes of their research to develop ecologically sustainable technologies and methods to manage various pest and disease issues affecting smallholder farming systems