Costa Rican researchers develop new climate change-resistant beans
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Costa Rican researchers develop new climate change-resistant beans

L. Arias - February 13, 2017

Researchers from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry have begun distributing the seeds of a new variety of heat- and drought-resistant black beans —…

Hurricane Otto caused $15 million in losses for Costa Rican coffee sector
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Hurricane Otto caused $15 million in losses for Costa Rican coffee sector

L. Arias - December 13, 2016

Hurricane Otto caused severe losses to coffee producers to the tune of  ₡8.37 billion (approximately $15 million), according to estimates from the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (ICAFE). ICAFE’s…

A quest to prevent the extinction of Costa Rica’s blue corn
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A quest to prevent the extinction of Costa Rica’s blue corn

Jill Replogle - August 31, 2016

Ligia Isabel Salazar is on a mission to create awareness about the social, cultural and nutritional value of Costa Rican blue corn through her initiative Proyecto Curubanda, which…

Tempisque River: History of neglect threatens Guanacaste people and environment
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Tempisque River: History of neglect threatens Guanacaste people and environment

Jill Replogle - August 2, 2016

Several months into the rainy season, Guanacaste is green and lush again. The severe drought that afflicted the country's agriculture- and tourism-dependent, northwestern province has eased in…

Costa Rica’s best coffee hails once again from Naranjo
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Costa Rica’s best coffee hails once again from Naranjo

Zach Dyer - May 23, 2016

A tiny town in Naranjo, Alajuela, is once again home to the best coffee in Costa Rica. On Friday evening, judges named Francisco Mena of Monte Llano…

Police seize 20,000 contraband avocados at Panama border
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Police seize 20,000 contraband avocados at Panama border

Zach Dyer - May 13, 2016

Border police seized 20,000 apparently illegal avocados at the Panama border on Thursday afternoon, the latest in the ongoing avocado saga that began when Costa Rica banned…

Canada, Mexico win WTO nod for $1 billion in trade sanctions against US
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Canada, Mexico win WTO nod for $1 billion in trade sanctions against US

David Boddiger - December 7, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Canada and Mexico won WTO approval Monday to impose some $1 billion a year in trade sanctions against the United States over its country-of-origin labeling…

Costa Rica to step up carbon-neutral coffee production
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Costa Rica to step up carbon-neutral coffee production

Lindsay Fendt - December 2, 2015

Coffee fans will soon have another reason to buy Costa Rican brews. On Tuesday, officials from the Environment Ministry (MINAE) announced a new goal to convert 25,000…

An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba
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An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba

Robin Kazmier - August 22, 2015

CAIMITO, Cuba — Like all homestead stories, Fernando Funes Monzote's starts with an epic battle against harsh elements and long odds. Funes, a university-trained agronomist, settled on…

Government promises solutions to local producers hurt by import prices
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Government promises solutions to local producers hurt by import prices

L. Arias - June 24, 2015

Hundreds of farmers and pork producers on Tuesday demonstrated in front of Casa Presidencial to demand President Luis Guillermo Solís' administration better manage the country's free trade agreements. Currently…