Archive for 'Latin America'

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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How Your Support Makes Coffee Entrepreneurs in Haiti

Posted on 01. Oct, 2015 by .

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This post is part of the ongoing LWR Blog series “My first LWR project visit,” in which LWR staff making first time field visits are invited to share their insights. We hope you enjoy their perspectives and that it gives you a new point of view of the work you support with Lutheran World Relief. […]

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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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Dionisa Choque looks at her family's garden, where she now grows onions, carrots and lettuce.

Limited-Time Offer: Double Your Gift

Posted on 16. Jun, 2015 by .

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You can transform an entire community by simply giving them the gift of water. Right now, a group of generous friends will double the value of your gift — dollar-for-dollar — between now and July 31, up to $100,000. This means that your gift today of $50 will be matched with another gift of $50 […]

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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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Producer José Aquiles Espinoza holds coffee beans still attached to the plant

Lutheran World Relief Receives $350,000 from Starbucks Foundation

Posted on 02. Apr, 2015 by .

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We are proud to announce that we have received a Starbucks Foundation grant of $350,000 toward a two-year project that contributes to the protection of the local ecosystem, provides sustainable livelihoods, and fosters community in Colombia: Pro-Café: Protecting Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Coffee Livelihoods. Coffee growers’ livelihoods and quality of life in central Colombia are […]

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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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Five Years Later: The Haiti Earthquake in Pictures

Posted on 12. Jan, 2015 by .

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Monday, January 12 marks the five-year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. It’s painful to recall. The poorest country in this hemisphere, Haiti was the country least able to handle such a shocking event. Even before the earthquake, the majority of Haitians faced decades of problems, most of which begin and end in […]

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