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villagers kneeling around red coffee cherries

The Surprising Thing I Like MOST About Visiting LWR Projects

Posted on 12. Aug, 2015 by .

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“What do you like most about visiting ‘the field’?” While in Indonesia in May visiting one of Lutheran World Relief’s recently launched coffee projects, a locally-based colleague asked me this. I think my response surprised her. In just over three years of service here at LWR, I have been blessed to visit about six projects […]

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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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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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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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