farmers

Global Partnerships (GP) recently disbursed a working-capital loan to a new partner, COOPEFACSA (Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Fondo Campesino de San Antonio), a savings and credit cooperative offering financial services to rural, smallholder farmer populations in the Autonomous Region of the South Atlantic (RAAS) in Nicaragua.

Tags: Central America   COOPEFACSA   cooperatives   farmers   INGEMANN   Latin America   Nicaragua   rural livelihoods   

Last week I traveled to Paraguay to meet with social enterprises, agricultural producers and a government official as part of our research into new investment opportunities.

Tags: agriculture   cooperatives   farmers   Latin America   Paraguay   producers   

Multiple global crises, such as the Ebola epidemic in western Africa, conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, and droughts in Central America have led to an increasing demand for food aid. But the aid is unsustainable, according to the United Nations’ (UN’s) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Program (WFP).

Tags: Central America   ebola   farmers   food security   Guatemala   Latin America   United Nations   

The Coffee Conundrum

Earlier this year, The Atlantic Monthly wrote about the conundrum coffee farmers face in growing organic coffee and fending off the rampant rust disease that has afflicted the coffee crops of Latin American farmers.

Tags: Central America   coffee   cooperatives   farmers   sustainable agriculture   

On July 6, we celebrate and honor the small holder farmers from around the globe in recognition of the UN’s International Day of Cooperatives. Nearly 500 million families make their living from small-scale rural farms in the developing world.

Tags: agriculture   cooperatives   fair trade   farmers   Latin America   supply chain   sustainability   value chain