Fellow Since 1996
This profile was prepared when Andrés Wehrle Rivarola was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
The New Idea
Over the past twelve years, Andrés Wehrle has perfected a method of rural education that improves rural livelihoods among small farmers–and he can prove it. Operating in a single locale, he is now working urgently to communicate his method throughout Paraguay (and beyond) before the trend toward large-scale agribusiness becomes unstoppable. In that endeavor, he is up against both the need to introduce more productive and sustainable farming methods to small farmers and a parallel need to organize a popular voice for sustainable agriculture to counter the powerful transnational corporate agribusiness lobby. His education method is able to do both these things simultaneously.