Archive for 'Nicaragua'

The Ability to Transform

Posted on 17. Dec, 2015 by .

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LWR has a long history of development programming aimed at building the resilience of vulnerable communities affected by multiple shocks and stressors, such as natural disasters, conflict, and climate change and variability. This blog series, Reflections on Resilience, will examine emerging issues, innovative approaches and new resources in resilience work. It seeks to stimulate learning, reflection […]

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How Climate Change is Affecting Coffee Farmers

Posted on 09. Dec, 2015 by .

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Climate change is a clear and present danger to coffee farmers in Central America, and Lutheran World Relief is working with farm families and cooperatives, helping them to cope, LWR’s Rick Peyser told a gathering of Congressional staffers at a Dec. 8 Capitol Hill briefing. Rick, LWR senior relationship manager for coffee and cocoa, was […]

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How Sustainable Development is Saving the Future of Chocolate

Posted on 22. Oct, 2015 by .

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The future of the milk chocolate bar that we have loved forever may be at risk.  Industry experts predict that by 2020 the supply of cocoa will be struggling to meet the growing demand. That means that unless we do something to increase the world’s cocoa supply, your future chocolate bars may not contain very […]

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Where does your chocolate come from? Meet Nevardo.

Where does your chocolate come from? Meet Nevardo.

Posted on 18. Jun, 2015 by .

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Almost 90 percent of the world’s cocoa originates from small-scale farmers (producers who farm less than five hectares, or about 12.4 acres, of land). These farmers face considerable challenges to maximize their yields, including changing weather patterns, disease, aging trees and limited access to improved varieties, inputs and technical assistance. On average, they earn less […]

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coffee cherries are sorted and bagged

Why is “Resilient” Coffee Relevant?

Posted on 18. May, 2015 by .

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LWR has a long history of development programming aimed at building the resilience of vulnerable communities affected by multiple shocks and stressors, such as natural disasters, conflict, and climate change and variability. This blog series, Reflections on Resilience, will examine emerging issues, innovative approaches and new resources in resilience work. It seeks to stimulate learning, reflection […]

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Reflections on Resilience

Posted on 12. Mar, 2015 by .

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LWR has a long history of development programming aimed at building the resilience of vulnerable communities affected by multiple shocks and stressors, such as natural disasters, conflict, and climate change and variability. This blog series, Reflections on Resilience, will examine emerging issues, innovative approaches and new resources in resilience work. It seeks to stimulate learning, reflection […]

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LWR Early Warning Forecast Report: 8 Places We’re Watching in 2015

Posted on 10. Feb, 2015 by .

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LWR recently released a 2015 “Early Warning Forecast” of regions to watch and why. The regions highlighted in the report are ones LWR is actively monitoring. Many of these regions are also places where, with your support, LWR is already in-country, working to help communities mitigate the worst effects of potential crises by developing disaster […]

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3 Reasons Punxsutawney Phil is not one of LWR’s Trusted Partners

Posted on 02. Feb, 2015 by .

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Ok, I’ll admit it. I’ve always been a bit confused by Groundhog’s Day. Do we hope Phil sees his shadow? Do we hope he does not? What does this all mean? I decided to do a little research to find out. The first recorded reference of Groundhog Day was made in 1841. Back then it […]

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Women in Peru sort cocoa beans. Photo by Olaf Hammelburg, for LWR

Cocoa farmers taste chocolate for the very first time (video)

Posted on 31. Jul, 2014 by .

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The first time I visited Nicaragua — one of the major coffee-producing countries in Central America and a focus of Ground Up: The LWR Coffee and Cocoa Initiative — I was perplexed that the only coffee we had to drink was prepackaged instant coffee. Nowhere in sight were the beautifully bistre roasted beans of the […]

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drinking coffee

I don’t like coffee, but I do like this…

Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by .

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I have a secret – I’m not a coffee drinker. Despite months of working on LWR’s coffee programming in Asia—including Temu Kupi, an international coffee forum LWR hosted with Green Mountain Coffee and Fair Trade USA—I got away without drinking any coffee.  It’s not that I don’t support the farmers who participate in our programs […]

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hand holding a leaf infected with leaf rust

How Leaf Rust is Affecting Coffee Farmers in Central America

Posted on 22. May, 2014 by .

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If you’ve been paying attention to the news the last couple of days, you might have seen something about coffee rust, or roya, a coffee plant disease that’s devastating coffee crops in Central America. While organizations like LWR have been aware of – and working to combat – roya for a long while, it’s been […]

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