Tag - Cocoa

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Nicaragua tries to attract private investors
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What DESOS NGO is doing with my donation?
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Nicaragua lacks manpower
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Cocoa, the Nicaraguan hope

Nicaragua tries to attract private investors

Nicaragua expects to help the economy by accepting a new law to attract investors.Nicaragua’s economy needs evolve. In that way, the National Assembly approved a new law which allows private and state-private ventures to invest in port infrastructures. The deputy director of Water Transport report that this is the solution.

With this new law, private investors will be able to support existing ports or to create new ones. Today, Nicaragua’s ports handle the least cargo. In 2012, it represented 2,80% of the cargo flow in central america (according to the National Port Company). It represents 3.6 million metric tons of wares.

Moreover, the President of Nicaragua may help this development by enter into association, or grant concessions, for the construction of new ports. Beyond that, the law still needs reviews from National Assembly and is subject to change. An important thing is that after the expiry of the operating license of the ports by the private sector, all the equipments will be the property of the State. 

Processing cocoa in the rural communities of Kukra River could benefit of those private investments. This law would match with the Worldcoo’s project because a part of the budget is dedicated to warehouses. Thus, Bluefields port could increase or modernize. That would help cocoa farmers to produce more and manage the wares easier in order to export more.

What DESOS NGO is doing with my donation?

Desos Opció Solidaria NGO needs 15.000 euros to build a drying machine, a fermenter machine and a warehouse to get producer families out of their current precarious work situation.

Cocoa has an added value compared to other agricultural products. Unlike rice, beans, maize or other important basic products grown in Kukra River for consumption, cocoa helps the promotion of the productive economy of the region.

Cocoa is already grown in Kukra River by local producers. Each producer ferment and dry the crop in its own plot, without having the necessary equipment, so the cocoa is being sold at low prices that do not allow economic development of farming families.

To improve the quality of cocoa and allow the commercialization at a fairer price in the national and international markets is essential to provide farmers with new tools to increase the value of production. To do this, Desos Opció Solidaria NGO is seeking funds to build a drying machine, a fermenter machine and a warehouse in the COOPMULKRI’s installations, located in the community of La Aurora, Kukra River, Nicaragua.

15,000 euros is the amount needed to expand facilities and to ensure the training of farmers through various workshops on farming techniques, management, gender equality, cooperatives, environmental sustainability and technical advice in the field.

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Source: Desos Opció Solidària NGO

Nicaragua lacks manpower

One of the majors Nicaraguan newspapers, “El Nuevo Diario”, published today about the hard situation the Nicaraguan coffee is going through. According to this paper, the coffee growing in Nicaragua has now another enemy than the rust fungus: the lack of manpower. Now still remains to be harvest up to 45% of grain production in the 2012-2013 cycle. Farmers and industry professionals warn it can provoke millionaire economic losses.

“Investments are leaving, the coffee is falling and the quality is losing. Nicaragua has a bigger problem than the rust, we have 40 to 45% of the crop still in the bushes and there are no people to pick it up” warned Henry Hüeck, one of the most important coffee producers of the country.

According to producers, the lack of manpower in the coffee is due to several reasons, among which are mentioned the migration of lot of people to Costa Rica and the heavy rains which doesn’t stop in the north of the country. It prevents the cutters to go and pick up the ripe coffee.

Cocoa, the Nicaraguan hope

The growth of cocoa exports from Nicaragua to EU have been experiencing a strong growth since 2007, 45%, but aren’t still enough. This shows there is a strong demand and consolidated into Nicaraguan quality cocoa, instead it must be increasing because the poverty in the region is strong.

The Republic of Nicaragua is the largest country in the Central America isthmus. It has approximately 6 million multi-ethnic population. There are conflicts between the population of ethnic diversity and the origin of many of its inhabitants (exrefugees in Costa Rica after the Civil War in Nicaragua), with a consequent territorial conflict. This, coupled with inequalities, lack of training and skills, sexism, individualism and violence, causes a lack of social cohesion that prevents the development of these regions. Added to this is extreme poverty, scarcity of resources among producers, low production and basically meant for home consumption, and the lack of capital for relevant changes. In addition, the natural environment is deteriorating due to poor farming practices that advances the agricultural frontier with the use of “slash and burn” (burning of forests for cultivation, instead of making rotational crops), and the very harmful chemical use.

Thus, the increasing in the cocoa exportations is one of the best ways to change the actual situation in Nicaragua.

Source: Trade Map

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