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14 May 2015

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...

19 Aug 2014
Who Who is running this joint and who is it for? When the time came to appoint an overseer for the Just Us! Centre for Small Farms, Just Us! founders Jeff and Debra Moore could not have chosen more aptly. Av Singh, the Organic and Rural Infrastructure Specialist with Perennia, has now the added...
11 Aug 2014
After the negative media attention fair trade received a couple months ago from the SOAS report on wage labourers in East Africa, Just Us! was certainly excited to learn that we rated so high on the recent Fair World Project analysis. As I stated in my blog post then, fair trade certainly has its...
06 Jun 2014
Well, the Globe and Mail really created quite a stir last week with their article, Fairtrade coffee fails to help the poor, British report finds (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/fairtrade-coffee-fails-to-help-the-poor-british-report-finds/article18852585/#...
11 Apr 2014
So Long East Coast Organic Milk Just Us! is incredibly disappointed that East Coast Organic Milk has been unable to make a successful business. If policy-makers and marketing boards could have been more supportive it may have actually worked. You can listen to ECO Milk dairy producer, Frazer Hunter...
04 Apr 2014
Having just returned from my trip to Sumatra, I’ve had an opportunity to mull over the curiosity that is Sumatra. Most of our partnerships with small farmers are in Latin America so it’s certainly thought provoking to explore a completely different coffee growing culture that exists on...