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DEVELOPING SOLUTIONS FOR SHARED RURAL SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES

The rural leaders of today and tomorrow will need to employ new approaches and solutions. Building on EARTH’s in-depth understanding of and work with rural communities and its more than 12,000 acres spanning two distinct tropical ecosystems, EARTH Futures will conduct focused action research in partnership with local leaders. EARTH Futures will focus on the following areas:

WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

Economically empowering women increases their capacity to meet critical roles at the family level and supports the achievement of broader development goals. EARTH Futures will develop and test (i) strategies for equipping women with skills, tools and agency, and (ii) approaches for driving changes in norms, practices and culture to support rural gender equity.

 

 

 

TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION

TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION

New technologies hold enormous transformative potential for rural communities. Too often, however, much of their potential goes unrealized for lack of localized, gender sensitive delivery models. EARTH Futures will develop strategies to make new technologies available to and useful for small producers and the rural poor—especially women.

 

 

 

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

Agriculture is the single largest source of employment in rural areas and the economic sector most vulnerable to climate change. EARTH Futures will develop and test strategies to accelerate sustainable and regenerative agriculture’s role in providing climate resilient pathways out of poverty while also helping to ensure food security.

 

 

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & JOB CREATION

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & JOB CREATION

In order to eliminate rural poverty and transform rural areas into viable and attractive places to live, rural citizens must be able to create or find decent work. EARTH Futures will develop training strategies and sponsor pilot programs in areas like entrepreneurship and rural value chains that empower rural citizens to succeed in the “jobs of the future.”

 

 

Demonstrative Impact Projects:

Two Biological Corridors

Strengthening and consolidating two biological corridors in Limón and Guanacaste as innovative models of sustainable territorial management and the green economy for rural areas.

Climate Change

Designing and facilitating community-led capacity building programs to increase preparedness for climate change among at least 500 local producers.

Cocoa

Accelerating the transition to a green economy in Costa Rica’s Atlantic region by strengthening 30 small and medium sized cocoa enterprises (SMEs) in partnership with MEIC and 6 other government entities.

Corn

Using precision agriculture techniques to address the production crisis in Costa Rica’s corn value chain, 90% of which is led by small producers, in partnership with MAG.

GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES

Joint with the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity, 19 farms in Guácimo, Limón will have the design and implementation of a model of good agricultural and livestock practices. Those farms are located near to water bodies or conservation areas, so the implementation of good agricultural practices will reduce the impact of productive activities on water and forests.
For more information: jfallas@earth.ac.cr

GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES
YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP
YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Equip young people, mainly women, from rural communities in Guácimo, for the development of a business mentality, values and skills to seek a more prosperous future for them and their communities.
For more information: kpoveda@earth.ac.cr

WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

EARTH FUTURES and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) designed and developed an evaluation tool and a training program for two organizations leaded by women. We based on the theory of change of women’s economic empowerment to promote the strengthening of both organizations.
For more information: kpoveda@earth.ac.cr

WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
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