Costa Rica promotes pesticide-free rice farming
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Costa Rica promotes pesticide-free rice farming

L. Arias - October 18, 2016

A joint program of the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) and the Economy and Industry Ministry (MEIC) seeks to promote the production and marketing of pesticide-free rice in the…

Costa Rica’s best coffee was grown by a newbie farmer
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Costa Rica’s best coffee was grown by a newbie farmer

Zach Dyer - June 14, 2016

LOURDES DE CIRRÍ, Alajuela — It looked like rain when Francisco Mena got into his truck with one of his two daughters, 12-year-old Alessia, to go look for…

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

NICK MIROFF | THE WASHINGTON POST - 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…

Costa Rica experiments with aquaponics to fight drought
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Agriculture
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Costa Rica experiments with aquaponics to fight drought

L. Arias - May 22, 2015

The Costa Rican government is launching a pilot aquaponics program in hopes of offering an alternative to farmers hit by drought. Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) officials are…

UN cancer agency sees a risk in Roundup and other pesticides
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Environment and Wildlife
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UN cancer agency sees a risk in Roundup and other pesticides

AFP - March 20, 2015

PARIS – The U.N.'s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said Friday that three pesticides, including the popular weedkiller Roundup, were "probably" carcinogenic and two others, which…

National Emergency Commission lifts drought warning for Pacific provinces
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Agriculture
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National Emergency Commission lifts drought warning for Pacific provinces

L. Arias - March 17, 2015

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) lifted a drought warning for Costa Rica's Pacific region this week, saying that rainfall had gradually returned to normal levels. The yellow alert was…

Government approves $1 million in aid to farmers affected by unusual weather conditions
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Agriculture
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Government approves $1 million in aid to farmers affected by unusual weather conditions

L. Arias - March 4, 2015

Costa Rica’s government will allocate ₡600 million ($1.1 million) to assist farmers hit by extreme weather conditions that affected most of the country during the past year. President…

Study links sugarcane fieldwork with kidney disease epidemic in Central America
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Chronic Kidney Disease
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Study links sugarcane fieldwork with kidney disease epidemic in Central America

Lindsay Fendt - February 17, 2015

See also: What is killing the young men of Cañas? Scientists are now a little closer to uncovering the cause of a chronic kidney disease (CKD) epidemic…

Farmers generate clean-burning fuel from coffee waste in Nicaragua
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Farmers generate clean-burning fuel from coffee waste in Nicaragua

Zach Dyer - November 30, 2014

Read the first story in this two-part series on how farmers are reducing the environmental impact of their coffee in Nicaragua here. YALI, Nicaragua — Fatima Blandon knew…

Nicaraguan coffee farmers seek creative solutions to drought, climate change
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Nicaraguan coffee farmers seek creative solutions to drought, climate change

Zach Dyer - November 26, 2014

MATAGALPA, Nicaragua – Coffee drinkers in the United States reach for a warm cup of joe when the crisp autumn wind blows in November, but meanwhile, farmers in Nicaragua…