Throughout Nicaragua LWR is a well-known development partner helping rural smallholder farmers improve returns from cocoa and coffee crops. Producer associations and cooperatives are essential structures for helping smallholder farmers successfully participate in agriculture value chains. LWR builds the capacity of associations and cooperatives so they are able to help members improve yields, quality, post-harvest processing and storage of crops. Our efforts incorporate environmentally-sound agricultural practices, encouraging organic and Fair Trade certifications, which help producers achieve added value. LWR also helps producer associations and cooperatives engage with external stakeholders to increase their competitiveness in national and international markets.