Mastercard Foundation – EARTH University Fellowship Program

In 2021, we launched a competitive Fellowship program to help bridge the gap between university graduation and employment. We seek to accelerate the capacity of graduating Scholars from EARTH and other Mastercard Foundation partner institutions to lead change in agricultural and rural development in Africa.

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EARTH - CRUSA Alliance: Local solutions to advance global sustainability in rural areas

Thanks to CRUSA’s investment and our community partners’ support, EARTH Futures has established itself as a global center for solutions at EARTH University, and where it has impacted directly and indirectly the lives of tens of thousands of people in rural communities in Latin America and Africa.

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EARTH Futures and Walmart Foundation: A new model of comprehensive integral support for small farmers

With support from the Walmart Foundation, EARTH Futures has developed a model to provide complete comprehensive support to hundreds of organized farmers and farmer organizations in Costa Rica and Guatemala in precision agriculture and access to local markets.

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Their path to entrepreneurship is paved with pujagua (purple) corn

This EARTH-CRUSA project helps guide pujagua corn producers in Guanacaste to adopt sustainable farming practices, incorporate resource-saving technologies and cutting-edge knowledge, access fair markets, and preserve the culture associated with this ancestral crop.

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EARTH Futures – Transforming rural areas for the better

EARTH Futures is EARTH University’s global center for solutions that partners with academic institutions, rural communities, and like-minded partners worldwide to transform rural areas. We structure our efforts around two main pillars –Education for Leadership and Developing Solutions – focusing on Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Education for Leadership

Inspired by EARTH’s 30 years of knowledge and our partners’ experiences, we seek to transform agricultural education in Latin America and Africa to prepare young leaders to build more sustainable food systems.

Developing Solutions

We identify, develop, and test innovative solutions to improve quality of life and sustainability in the rural communities of developing countries.

1 k
Hectares under an improved conservation framework and/or with improved sustainable management practices
US$ 1 M
Invested and leveraged in these solutions
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Innovative models developed / underway
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Of direct and indirect beneficiaries

Models in action

Strategic Allies

The challenges facing rural areas are complex, and at EARTH Futures, we know that we can only overcome them by working hand-in-hand with others. We collaborate with a diverse and growing network of partners in Costa Rica and other countries who share our passion, vision, and values.