Grow Ahead Blog

Agroforestry & Food Security For Small-Scale Farming Communities

Agroforestry is a system of land management where trees are deliberately planted with agricultural crops to emulate native forestry systems. Farmers and Indigenous communities have been planting crops and trees together in food-forest systems for thousands of years. In recent years agroforestry has  become increasingly recognized as a way of land management that sequesters carbon…

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International Coffee Day: Coffee, Climate Change & Small-Scale Farmers

This International Coffee Day we are focusing on one of the biggest challenges to coffee: climate change. Climate change is proving to be catastrophic for coffee growers, cutting the global area suitable for coffee growth in half. Due to habitat shifting & alteration, droughts and temperature extremes, Arabica coffee has been added to the IUCN…

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Planting with Pangoa: Update on the Women-led Reforestation in Peru Project

Reforestation is underway at CAC Pangoa! We recently received an update from the Pangoa Women’s Committee and the Reforestation Manager on the progress of reforestation so far. While the cooperative has had to make adjustments due to COVID-19 precautions, the reforestation team is busy managing the nurseries and holding technical training around the importance of…

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Sustainability, Small-Scale Farmers and Responsible Reforestation | A Webinar with Grow Ahead

A webinar with Grow Ahead discussing the importance of nature based climate solutions like agroforestry and regenerative, organic agriculture and ways that your business can reach it’s sustainability goals by partnering with community-led agroforestry projects that benefit people and the planet.

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Grow Ahead Partners with Food 4 Farmers for Reforestation Projects in Nicaragua, Colombia, and Guatemala

Grow Ahead, a digital platform that supports farmer-led climate resiliency projects around the world, is joining forces with Food 4 Farmers in partnership with Indigenous and women-led farming cooperatives. This new initiative will launch three crowdfunding campaigns to plant over 93,000 food and habitat trees in community agroforestry projects in Colombia, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

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Loans for Beekeeping: An Update on Past Loan Recipients

We got an update from the past recipients of the Micro-loans for Beekeeping in Chiapas campaign to hear about how the loans were used, the impacts of beekeeping on coffee production and how farmers are adapting admits the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Community Associations and Long-Term Resilience: Update from Norandino

We have another update after the Grow Ahead campaign with Cooperativa Norandino to plant 45,000 trees, revitalize coffee production and create community associations to monitor ecosystem health and support education and capacity-building around reforestation and conservation. Read about the work of community associations on reforestation and food security as well as Norandino’s commitment to long-term climate resiliency.

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Grow Ahead Launches Community and Carbon Initiative

As the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is celebrated this week, Grow Ahead, a digital crowdfunding platform that supports farmer-led climate resiliency projects around the world, is launching the Community and Carbon Initiative to give individuals and businesses the opportunity to partner with agroforestry and forest protection efforts as a way to take responsibility for their environmental impact and contribute to carbon sequestration.

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Climate Change, Coffee and Honey: An Interview with Alejandra Trujillo

We got the chance to interview Alejandra Trujillo who works with impacto café to get an idea of how climate change is affecting small-scale coffee producers in Mexico and how diversification can offer solutions for communities and the planet.

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