Tag Archives: small farmers

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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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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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Abdullah Daccay with a young goat

Adbullah Daccay and his LWR Goats

Posted on 12. Jun, 2013 by .

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There’s always been a special bond between a dad and his kids. To Abdullah Daccay, kids are a double blessing. A farmer on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, he received two LWR Goats. They’ve gone on to have seven kids. With the income he earns he can provide for his kids, including sending […]

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Reforestation in Indonesia

Posted on 01. Jun, 2013 by .

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Recently, The Guardian published an article about the deforestation in Indonesia. The article explains the crisis the Indonesian island of Sumatra is undergoing due to quickly disappearing forests. The impacts of natural disasters are greater on communities when forests are not there to act as a buffer between them; violence erupts over land conflicts; animal […]

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Leaf Rust Is Damaging Coffee Plants, But Can We Protect Farmers?

Posted on 11. Apr, 2013 by .

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Leaf rust is the common name for a nasty little fungus, Roya, which causes big problems for coffee plants. Leaf rust first appears on the underside of the leaves of coffee plants as yellow spots, and can ultimately cause the leaves to turn black and fall off. This  severely damages coffee plants, reducing yields. When […]

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India’s Rice Revolution – The Guardian

Posted on 01. Mar, 2013 by .

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The Guardian recently posted an article on their website titled “India’s Rice Revolution” that discusses how farmers in India’s poorest state, Bihar, are growing world record amounts of rice. These farmers typically grow four to five tons of rice per hectare. However, during a recent harvest, one farmer discovered that he had grown more than […]

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Addressing How Gender Affects Food Security

Posted on 03. Jan, 2013 by .

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Food security — or all the factors that provide for sufficient, safe and nutritious food — is an issue that is at the heart of LWR’s work around the world. Our work to improve agriculture among small farmers and provide clean water for consumption, or irrigation, is so that families around the world can have […]

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Rene Santos: Fair Trade Coffee Farmer

Posted on 02. Oct, 2012 by .

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October is Fair Trade Month, and we want to lift up one of our long-time Fair Trade partners: Equal Exchange.  In their honor, every Tuesday we are sharing stories of farmers whose lives are changed by your faithful support of Fair Trade. This week it’s the story of Rene Santos, a coffee farmer in El […]

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Cocoa Farmers Come Together to Learn & Share

Posted on 26. Sep, 2012 by .

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“Cocoa is my passion.” These were among the first words that cocoa farmer Leonor Gomez shared during the two-day National Cocoa Forum that LWR co-hosted in Nicaragua last week. The cocoa forum was a dream that LWR maintained as we expanded our work in cocoa in Nicaragua and other parts of Latin America. Not only […]

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What do Farmers Need?

Posted on 24. Sep, 2012 by .

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What do Farmers Need? In Uganda, I was told pangas and seeds.  In Colombia it was land titles and roads. In Kenya? Irrigation. In Honduras it was guaranteed buyers and fair prices and in India, access to credit. This is what makes LWR’s work interesting and — frankly — hard. What farmers need in the […]

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Gender Integration in Uganda

Posted on 20. Sep, 2012 by .

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“We don’t have power. Men have power over everything in the home. You can work hard in his garden but he won’t pay you anything.” – A woman farmer, and member of NAMUBUKA In August, Vasudha Pangare spent two weeks in eastern Uganda.  Vasudha is a gender consultant who does gender analyses and leads training […]

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