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…

UN agency calls for eco-approach to combating coffee fungus
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UN agency calls for eco-approach to combating coffee fungus

Zach Dyer - October 27, 2015

A conference kicked off in Costa Rica Monday on sustainable agriculture for coffee farmers across Central America confronting the ongoing threat of coffee rust, or roya, a…

An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in 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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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…

Costa Rica recognizes first carbon-neutral banana company
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Costa Rica recognizes first carbon-neutral banana company

Zach Dyer - March 12, 2015

A “green" banana never looked so good. Costa Rica's Environment Ministry (MINAE) recognized Finca San Pablo as the country's first carbon neutral banana farm during a ceremony Monday.…

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…

Whole Foods’ responsibly grown rating system labels Costa Rican bananas grown at EARTH University as ‘Best’
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Whole Foods’ responsibly grown rating system labels Costa Rican bananas grown at EARTH University as ‘Best’

L. Arias - October 30, 2014

Bananas produced at EARTH University’s commercial plantation in the Caribbean province of Limón this month were classified as “best” at Whole Foods stores in Canada and the…