Sugar, Sustainability, Society, Part I – Social Responsibility in Sugarcane

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Sugarcane production has more than doubled in El Salvador over the last several decades, especially in the eastern region surrounding the Bay of Jiquilisco. The department of Usulután, particularly in the Lower Lempa region where our partners the Mangrove Association and La Coordinadora del Bajo Lempa are based, has experienced the greatest growth rates since the 1970s, with a 93 percent increase […]

The Pope, the Activist, the Martyr – And the Organization Putting Their Words Into Action

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The future of humanity is in great measure in your own hands, through your ability to organize and carry out creative alternatives – Pope Francis at the Second World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Thursday, July 9, 2015.   If you believe in the ecological and moral mandates of Pope Francis, activist-author (and […]

Local Seed and Producers Win Out in Face of Dubious U.S. Criticism

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Inside U.S. Trade calls into question U.S. criticism of Salvadoran seed procurement process; transnational agribusinesses deny having major stake in issue. In 2014, EcoViva advocated on behalf of corn and bean producers in El Salvador who supply the Salvadoran government with seed for the popular and successful Family Agriculture Program (PAF), a program that since […]

Welcoming Our Newest Advisory Board Members

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I am pleased to welcome our newest members of the EcoViva Advisory Board: Naomi Klein and Avram Lewis. Naomi and Avi are great friends of EcoViva and have gotten to know our work and issues firsthand through our partners with the Mangrove Association. Avi traveled with us to El Salvador in 2012 to shoot footage for an upcoming documentary […]

Viva Fund: Cara’s Story

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We’re in the fifth week of the Viva Fund campaign to support youth leaders in El Salvador. This post was contributed by Cara Hagan, a recent graduate of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey who traveled to El Salvador with EcoViva in March. She is serving as an ambassador for the fifth annual Viva Fund.  […]

Sowing Sustainability by Cultivating Tomorrow’s Leaders

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We’re halfway through our fifth annual Viva Fund campaign to empower young leaders in El Salvador and nearly halfway to our goal of $7,000 thanks to the generosity of our supporters. If you haven’t had a chance to, donate before the campaign ends Monday, June 29. The word “sustainability” gets batted around all too often these days. At […]

Hasta Luego, EcoViva!

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I find myself at a loss for how to share my exciting and bittersweet news with you all, my EcoViva family. I am heading to graduate school in the fall and Friday, May 29th will be my last day as Communications and Outreach Manager at EcoViva. Almost exactly three years ago, I boarded a plane […]

Solidarity, Democracy, and Environmental Stewardship: the next “killer app”

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Triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder participation, disruptive innovation: these aren’t just buzzwords thrown around in trendy MBA programs. If you peel away the jargon, these words are lived experiences of campesino entrepreneurs in Honduras who work with Red COMAL. Red COMAL (Alternative Community Marketing Network) is a Honduras-based network of small-scale farmers, entrepreneurs, cooperatives […]

Viva Fund: Support Youth Leaders in El Salvador

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Today, we kick off the 5th annual Viva Fund Campaign. Please join us in celebrating the vibrant young leaders, taking control of their lives and investing in the future of their communities. Over the next six weeks, we will be sharing stories from the Youth Program and raising money to support their continued efforts. Donate […]

Food Sovereignty Victory in El Salvador

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Together with Oxfam and Fundación Redes, we presented a recently released analysis of the Salvadoran government’s seed program at the public forum “Planting Seeds for Food Sovereignty in El Salvador.” The event had over 200 people in attendance, including farmers, community members, the Minister of Agriculture, legislators, non-government organizations, and public institutions. The study outlined […]