Education and Conservation Practices for a Sustainable Agriculture in Puerto Rico

Project Overview

Project Type: Education Only
Funds awarded in 2023: $41,000.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2025
Grant Recipient: University of Puerto Rico
Region: Southern
State: Puerto Rico
Principal Investigator:
Nicolás M. Cartagena
University of Puerto Rico
Dr. Anibal II Ruiz-Lugo
Puerto Rico Agricultural Extension Service, University of Puerto


Not commodity specific


  • Crop Production: cover crops
  • Education and Training: demonstration, technical assistance
  • Soil Management: soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal abstract:

    The main objective for this project is to develop digital and printed a Best Practices for Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean manual, promote sustainable agriculture in terms of social and climate resilience, cover crops, and soil health. Participants will be exposed to basic concepts and terms associated with sustainable agriculture. This manual will help in the outreach of information about sustainable agriculture, definitions, concepts, and making it accessible to farmers, agricultural professionals, researchers, extension faculty, professors, students and beginner farmers. 

     A second objective is to conduct field trips training, the practices and topics that are going to be promoted include; water retention, vegetative barriers, cover crops, contour farming, water harvesting, crop rotation, community engagement, biodiversity, sedimentation control, soil conservation, and soil health. The practices that are going to be promoted at the farms and ranches will vary depending on the need of each farm. 

     The project team will promote social and climate resilience with emphasis on mitigation and erosion control of sedimentation to water bodies. Also, the adoption of practices to deal with effects of climate change, extreme drought and adequate management of water and soil will take place during the project period. 

     It is important to educate and promote for an inclusive and sustainable economic growth. The project team will promote with the participants the entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation of farms products. Direct and encouraged the beginning farmers to become sustainable entrepreneurs. 

     Facilitate the utilization of General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) radio in case of emergencies by integrating participants into the Puerto Rico Agriculture Extension Services (PRAES) emergency network support group. 

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The objective of this project is to teach and train farmers and ranchers in conservation and sustainable practices, and some concepts that Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) denominate Sustainable Development Goals. Promote the utilization of General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) radio in case of emergency to integrate participants into the PRAES emergency network support. 

    1. Capacity building of farmers and other participants on the importance of soil and water conservation practices as a tool for mitigating climate change and its impact for the benefit of food security and sustainability. 
    2. Field training for participants to establish practices on their farms. 
    3. Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. 
    4. Integrate participants into PRAES emergency support network with the use of GMRS. 
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.