Cochabamba-Area Students Visiting the Center for Ecological Agriculture
The Center for Ecological Agriculture (CEA) provides low-cost, low-tech training for rural Bolivian farmers; as part of its training it also hosts kids from the city and surrounding urban and peri-urban areas to learn more what life is like in rural areas, and about topics like the environment and climate change. Over the past month, Mano a Mano has hosted hundreds of students to tour the CEA.
For many of these kids, this is their first time seeing a farm, and simple things like learning where milk comes from can be an eye-opening experience.
1,415 Kids Have Visited the CEA in 2017
So far this year, more than 1,415 kids have visiting the CEA, which is a 36% increase from the number of kids that visited for all of 2016:
- 2017 – 1,415 students have visited the CEA (through September)
- 2016 – 1,040 students visited the CEA
Training, Tools, and Tours for More than 4,000 People Through the Center for Ecological Agriculture in 2016 (from 2016 Annual Report)
- 385 farmers received training at the CEA
- 205 farmers received training by Mano a Mano’s agronomist in their communities
- 2,310 farmers were trained by other farmers that had previously received training from Mano a Mano (‘training the trainer’)
- 110 greenhouses were constructed
- 1,040 local Bolivian students and 138 other visitors (government officials, travelers from the US and Europe, etc.) received educational tours of the CEA
- Volunteers contributed 9,481 hours at the CEA
- 4,000 liters of milk (from the cow that lives at the CEA) were donated to a local orphanage
Watch a Video Tour of the Center for Ecological Agriculture: