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LWR Travel Diary: The Pursuit of Happiness in Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, your support is bringing much-needed youth into the coffee supply chain by training and employing them as coffee promoters who help farmers grow high-quality beans. Read how visiting this project changed one LWR staff member’s perception of hardship and happiness. […]

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Women from Realita group learn how to make organic fertilizer

In Indonesia: Working until we’re no longer needed

In September, LWR wrapped up a 20-month project in the area of Lintong in North Sumatra, Indonesia. We were there working with coffee farmers to increase the quantity and quality of their coffee production and to get better prices for their beans. The project had gone well, together we’d increased coffee productivity by 50% through trainings [...]Read More...

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Cocoa producer Nevardo Gómez prepares organic fertilizer on his plantation located in the community of Nueva Quezada.

Where does your chocolate come from? Meet Nevardo.

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 [...]Read More...

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Why I’m Thankful for Agriculture Experts

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 [...]Read More...

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World Hunger is Declining

Sometimes it can feel as if the world is falling apart. Earthquakes, tsunamis, poverty and hunger dominate our headlines. Is there any hope for lasting change? Is sustainable development really possible? We’ve put together a couple charts that show a more positive picture. Hunger is Declining With month after month and year after year of [...]Read More...

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Evelyn Nassuna visiting US Amish Farms

Farming is Always Changing

In Africa, Lutheran World Relief spends a lot of time working with farmers. In most African countries the majority of people still make their living, or part of their living, from agriculture. If you want to end poverty,  farming will be in that equation. One of the exciting things about working in the field of [...]Read More...

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