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Universidad Veracruzana (UV) in partnership with the Veracruz State Department of the Environment will involve local communities and indigenous youth in food security projects throughout the region. By way of participatory research and reflection-in-action, community members will work with students to incubate start-up projects in conservation of water resources, greenhouses, and agro-ecological farming.

In response to the current global pandemic presented by COVID-19, UV is supporting local authorities by drawing on experience from its Engagement Department, Intercultural University UVI and Sustainability Coordination, and CoSustenta to join forces with government and community partners to enhance efforts already in place in food security and health promotion for communities througout Veracruz.

The State Department of the Environment works closely with UV and the Federal government in the area of food security and a transition to sustainable rural development. The partnership will work to address local empowerment, sustainable development, and food security. University students use participatory approaches to stimulate the participation of the members of the community so they may work together with the university students on issues they identify together.