Since our last blog entry on Nicaragua we have been to the area to visit with the co-operatives and see how things are progressing. Here is some of the news from our visit.
Coffee Leaf Rust and the Nicaraguan Harvest
The coffee harvest in Nicaragua is over and farmers are breathing a sigh of relief that the negative effects of Coffee Leaf Rust are diminishing. The co-operatives and their co-operators, like Just Us!, have helped farmers retake control by replanting hundreds of thousands of trees, increasing fertilization, and stepping-up maintenance. Farmers have put in an amazing effort, and the worst is hopefully over.
While significant progress has been made and yields are not decreasing as fast as before, they have yet to rebound. Prodecoop, the large 2nd level co-op that Just Us! works with, saw yields decrease by 25% last year. This year yields decreased a further 10%. The healing will take...