Blog

17 Feb 2015

In our last blog, we reported on how the San Antonio cooperative is responding to difficult circumstances by analyzing their vulnerabilities and taking concrete steps to improve.  One area of their focus is the health of their farms.  Another is the participation of women in their cooperative. 

 

With clear self-reflection, San Antonio realized that the leadership and decision-making in their cooperative was done mostly by men, despite the fact that women play an equally important role in the success of the organization.  In response, the leadership asked if we could help facilitate a farmer-to-farmer exchange to another cooperative that has responded to the same issue.  With the help of Etico, our partner in Nicaragua, we were able to plan a trip for 17 members of San Antonio to Juan Fransisco Paz Silva, a cooperative of farmers in Achuapa, Nicaragua. 

 

The exchange was dynamic and spontaneous from the start,...

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23 Mar 2012
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12 Mar 2012
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