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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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Mr. Sevu Kanyasya and his six-year-old daughter, Wuyua, plant seedlings in their garden in Makueni County, Kenya.

This man experienced all-consuming hunger. Here’s how we’re ensuring he doesn’t have to again.

Posted on 05. Sep, 2014 by .

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“Hunger is like this: if you’re hungry, you can’t sleep at night. If you have hunger, you can’t plan ahead for your life. You can’t think about anything except the hunger that you have. Hunger. It creates conflict in the family, and can tear it apart. We used to be so hungry.” Just three years […]

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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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How smartphones are improving farming in Uganda

Posted on 24. Jul, 2014 by .

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Guest post by David Fuerst, LWR’s Senior Director for Philanthropic Engagement “This phone has changed my life!” That’s what Bernard Magombe told me when I recently sat down with him on a visit to an LWR coffee project in Bumweru, Uganda. To be honest, I had mixed reactions to his proclamation. I think of my […]

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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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From 2013 to 2014: Finding Hope in the News

Posted on 03. Jan, 2014 by .

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2014 is already jumping off to a raucous start around the world. Between bitter winter weather around the U.S., armed conflicts in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Syria, and continuing controversy about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) it could be easy to begin January with a bout of depression. But we believe there […]

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Why I’m Thankful for Agriculture Experts

Posted on 25. Nov, 2013 by .

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Thanksgiving is almost here and I’ll be making pies and mashed potatoes again this year. We may use some of the berries I picked for the pies but I certainly won’t be using the potato crop I grew in my garden. Why? Because my yields were too low. I produced two tiny potatoes. Not enough to […]

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