Tag Archives: Chocolate
Posted on 18. Jun, 2015 by Dan Ruth.
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 […]
Posted on 19. Aug, 2014 by Nikki Massie.
Chocolate. It’s almost a food group unto itself. Whether you are personally a fan or not, you probably know someone who absolutely loves a rich, delicious piece of chocolate from time to time. That love of chocolate helps spur the global demand for cocoa — a $110 billion per year industry. Think you know all […]
Posted on 31. Jul, 2014 by Dan Ruth.
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 […]
Posted on 01. Jul, 2013 by Dan Ruth.
“May our barns be filled, with produce of every kind; may our sheep increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields, and may our cattle be heavy with young.” -Psalm 144:13-14a This week here in the United States we take time off to celebrate Independence Day. Aside from the grilled meats, fireworks displays […]
Posted on 13. May, 2013 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
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 […]
Posted on 08. May, 2013 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
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 […]
Posted on 06. May, 2013 by Chandler Carriker.
This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one. The Bible is filled with stories of mothers who make an incredible difference in the lives of those around them. From Sarah to Mary, mothers and strong women followed God’s call, protected those entrusted to them and spoke with prophetic vision for their communities. […]
Posted on 30. Apr, 2013 by Chandler Carriker.
The Bible is filled with stories of mothers who make an incredible difference in the lives of those around them. From Sarah to Mary, mothers and strong women followed God’s call, protected those entrusted to them and spoke with prophetic vision for their communities. Kuapa Kokoo is a democratically operated, Fair Trade certified cooperative of […]
Posted on 01. Nov, 2012 by Lutheran World Relief.
I’m the kind of guy who knows his way around the kitchen, which means I can microwave a mean frozen burrito. So when I heard LWR’s blog would be promoting Equal Exchange’s Fair Trade products throughout October, I jumped at the chance to try out a recipe for a mocha-java stout using a home brewing […]
Posted on 16. May, 2012 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
Apparently yes! And LWR is helping make that possible with our partners in Nicaragua. Last week the country´s first ever international chocolate-tasting competition took place in Managua, Nicaragua. There, seven cooperatives representing hundreds of cocoa producers competed to win the best chocolate award. Cocoa beans are used to make chocolate, and LWR´s heart is in […]
Posted on 11. May, 2012 by Amy Burke.
This Week in LWR News: If you are in the Baltimore area and someone who appreciates contemporary art, make sure to visit the In/ Flux Gallery to see Water Sonettos! The exhibit features artwork focused on water issues and highlights LWR’s friend and esteemed Baltimorean artist Jann Rosen-Queralt. Rosen-Queralt’s work includes a series of sculptures inspired by the Dogon women she […]