Tag Archives: cocoa

Rick Peyser in Sidamo, Ethiopia

LWR Staff Member Rick Peyser Stands With Coffee Farmers

Posted on 22. Jun, 2015 by .

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We’re proud that our very own Rick Peyser was featured in USA Today on Sunday as the man “instrumental in creating the outreach programs for coffee farmers that would allow Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to emblazon its semi-trailers with the slogan, ‘We realized good coffee could be good for the world,’ and actually mean it.” Peyser […]

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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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Cooperative members, including Carolin Ochieng (in white), sort coffee on newly-acquired drying beds at Orinde Farmers' Cooperative Society in Rachuonyo South, Kenya

The 5 Best Videos of 2014

Posted on 18. Dec, 2014 by .

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2014 was a busy year! From the first phases of our response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to increasing work with coffee and cocoa farmers throughout the world, we’ve captured quite a bit of it on video. Here are a few of our favorites: Putting cash in the hands of typhoon victims Watching Leonida’s […]

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Coffee with a Conscience; or What is Fair Trade?

Posted on 18. Sep, 2014 by .

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In the 18th century the Swedish botanist, Carolus Linnaeus, renamed the cocoa tree giving it the Greek name Theobroma Cacao, which literally means ‘food of the Gods’. Throughout its history, whether as a cocoa drinking chocolate or confectionery treat, chocolate has always been much sought after. But few people think about the lengthy labor-intensive process […]

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chocolate-covered strawberries

5 things you may not know about cocoa

Posted on 19. Aug, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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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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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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Concordia College students are welcomed by a farmer in Nicaragua

Notes from Nicaragua: Experiencing the Hospitality of Farmers

Posted on 15. May, 2014 by .

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Driving through the mountains of Nicaragua and looking out over the valleys, I don’t feel all that far away from the pine-filled mountains and valleys of western North Carolina that I once called home. In Nicaragua, unfortunately, deforestation is affecting the beautiful pine trees and harming small-scale farmers. Fortunately, many of those small-scale farmers are […]

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What Independence Day has to do with Cocoa Farmers in Latin America

Posted on 01. Jul, 2013 by .

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“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 […]

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group of women and men in Ghana

We Remember Madam Christiana Ohene Agyare

Posted on 03. Jun, 2013 by .

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Lutheran World Relief is saddened to learn the news that on May 19th Madam Christiana Ohene Agyare, President of Kuapa Kokoo, passed away after a brief illness. Kuapa Kokoo is the democratically operated, Fair Trade certified cooperative of cocoa farmers in Ghana, which sources cocoa for Divine Chocolate and whose farmers are part owners of […]

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three women stand with welcome sign

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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