Center for Ecological Agriculture (CEA)
Mano a Mano has built a Center for Ecological Agriculture (CEA, also known as the demonstration and training center).
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The CEA achieves 4 distinct goals for Mano a Mano:
- implements low-cost, low-tech tools for Bolivian communities
- Water Cisterns
- Biosand Water Filters
- Livestock Pens
- Dry Bathrooms
- provides training and demonstration of sustainable farming techniques at the center (the ‘open book’ to show farmers what is possible)
- provides a place for Mano a Mano to test and pilot different projects before implementing in the field (the ‘Mano a Mano lab’)
- integrates Mano a Mano as an organization (3 out of our 4 counterpart organizations are building their offices or warehouses on the same land) – it serves as the ‘Mano a Mano hub’ in Cochabamba
This project has two goals: 1) ensure that subsistence farmers attain maximum benefits from water projects that Mano a Mano completes in partnership with them, and 2) increase the organization’s capacity to implement successful agricultural water projects over the long term.
More Information about the Center for Ecological Agriculture (CEA)
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