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Cocoa farmers taste chocolate for the very first time (video)

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 [...]Read More...

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How smartphones are improving farming in Uganda

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 [...]Read More...

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How Leaf Rust is Affecting Coffee Farmers in Central America

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 [...]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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Meet Agnes Munyukwa, Grape Farmer

Grape grower Agnes Munyukwa was the first in her village to begin adopting new grape growing techniques she learned from Lutheran World Relief. She started using a deep plowing method between the rows of vines to help retain the moisture in the soil, and also grows peanuts within her eleven-row vineyard to improve soil fertility. [...]Read More...

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God Made a Farmer – Recognizing Women Farmers

Inspired by the Super Bowl advertisement featuring Paul Harvey and Dodge, we want to recognize the important contributions all farmers make. Especially women farmers. Rural Women produce more than half of all food grown in developing developed countries, yet own less than a third of all land. Watch our tribute to the millions of women [...]Read More...

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Cocoa Farmers Come Together to Learn & Share

“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 [...]Read More...

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Could Chocolate Get Any Better?

Apparently yes! And LWR is helping make that possible with our partners in Nicaragua. Last week the country´s first ever international chocolate-tasting competition took place in Managua, Nicaragua. There, seven cooperatives representing hundreds of cocoa producers competed to win the best chocolate award.  Cocoa beans are used to make chocolate, and LWR´s heart is in [...]Read More...

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