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Annalise Udall Romoser | Author

Annalise Udall Romoser is Lutheran World Relief's Regional Communications Officer for Latin America.

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New Mother Looks to Future in Cocoa

Posted on 13. May, 2013 by .

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Ana Rosa Gatica Díaz is a 20-year-old new mother who lives in La Pintada, Nicaragua. Like so many new mothers, she speaks of her baby girl with adoration. She also speaks of the challenges she faces. “It’s hard” to meet family’s needs Ana Rosa managed to study through sixth grade and even went on to […]

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Learning New Skills Leads to Higher Income for Woman in Honduras

Posted on 08. May, 2013 by .

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Bessy Lopez is a 34-year-old single mother of five in Omoa, Honduras. She has no land and, until recently, had few marketable skills. Over the years she has struggled to support her family, taking in laundry, selling firewood and working at textile factories. When Bessy worked in the factory, she had to leave the house […]

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Leaf Rust Is Damaging Coffee Plants, But Can We Protect Farmers?

Posted on 11. Apr, 2013 by .

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Leaf rust is the common name for a nasty little fungus, Roya, which causes big problems for coffee plants. Leaf rust first appears on the underside of the leaves of coffee plants as yellow spots, and can ultimately cause the leaves to turn black and fall off. This  severely damages coffee plants, reducing yields. When […]

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One Kitchen at a Time

Posted on 22. Oct, 2012 by .

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For many of us, cooking is a pleasure, and for others it’s just a pain. For Albertina Grandados in Tepititán, El Salvador, cooking is dangerous. Unfortunately, it’s also a necessity which means that she and her children are exposed to the dangers of cooking almost all day long, day in and day out. This is […]

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Still a Dream: Land Restitution on Colombia’s Caribbean Cost

Posted on 14. Oct, 2012 by .

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Twelve years ago the families of Macayepo, Colombia suffered a horrifying fate. On October 14, 2000, without warning, the otherwise quiet rural town near Colombia’s Caribbean cost was flooded with paramilitary soldiers, ready to kill. They did just that, assassinating 15 farmers and forcing 200 families to flee. That day the people of Macayepo joined […]

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What do Farmers Need?

Posted on 24. Sep, 2012 by .

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What do Farmers Need? In Uganda, I was told pangas and seeds.  In Colombia it was land titles and roads. In Kenya? Irrigation. In Honduras it was guaranteed buyers and fair prices and in India, access to credit. This is what makes LWR’s work interesting and — frankly — hard. What farmers need in the […]

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Little Things Make a Big Difference for Bolivian Farmers

Posted on 17. Jul, 2012 by .

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Dionisia Choque is a Quechua-speaking farmer who lives in Tinguipaya, Bolivia. Her entire life Dionisia and her family have grown potatoes, and until recently that is what her family ate, potatoes and some meat. In fact, that is what almost everyone in her community has cultivated and eaten for decades. Some would say Tinguipaya has […]

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