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The Tempisque Rice Project

EPIC is addressing an urgent need, adapting to climate change by promoting ecological farming in Central America and Mexico. Planting an indigenous upland rice, that is both drought-resistant and hurricane-tolerant, is one current strategy to combat serious food-insecurity in these countries.

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After more than a year researching, ordering from China, shipping across the sea to Los Angeles, re-shipping to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, we now have rice hullers operating in Axochiapan, Mexico and La Segovia, El Salvador. The process has not been easy but EPIC staff and program partners have shown perseverance.

EPIC works with families – starting with whatever they have – to increase their production of food. These fields in Guerrero, Mexico, are not prime for upland rice! But these farmers are those who most need to find crops that will produce food on the land that they have. (right) In June 2022 in Mexico, 18 farmer/researchers are planting plots of Tempisque Rice. This the second year of a project verifying the adaptability of this upland rice that can be grown organically without chemical fertilizer or pesticide. Photo shows preparing the soil for planting in Axochipan, Morelos.

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