The Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) will work collaboratively with stakeholders and growers to develop an outreach educational campaign to promote sustainable agricultural technologies and programs in CNMI. The SARE program of CNMI (hereafter SARE-CNMI) will work with all stakeholders to engage and encourage participation of members of local communities in program activities so that they could be inspired to adopt and integrate sustainable agriculture technologies and practices into their local agricultural production systems. Overall, greater productive capacity for local agricultural produce will be achieved by strengthening local food systems and by promoting concepts of sustainability and environmental stewardship, which will ultimately contribute to improved health and economic status of local communities.
Project objectives from proposal:
- Identify, evaluate, and promote locally appropriate sustainable agricultural technologies
- Develop outreach and educational materials to promote sustainable agriculture for multispecies and multipurpose crops
- Organize seminars, webinars and zoom meetings for stakeholders and local growers to disseminate knowledge and increase visibility of the SARE programs and grants
- Provide assistance and technical advice to local growers to develop SARE farmer and rancher grant proposals
- Develop a multi-year collaborative educational and professional development program