Saving Traditions

The majority of people around the world are familiar with growing food from seeds; of course, the number is less in developing countries, and less still in urban areas, but overall most people have witnessed the transition from seed to harvested vegetable (or fruit). Fewer people have then saved seeds from that plant they grew…

A Look at El Salvador on World Food Day

Around the world, countries celebrated World Food Day this past Tuesday, October 16th. It was a day to look at food security around the world and, this year, to see how agricultural cooperatives can help feed our planet’s growing population. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) promoted cooperatives, particularly women’s cooperatives, as a way…

Costa Rica Protects Local Rice Production, But at a High Cost

Costa Rica might be facing repercussions after three straight years of exceeding the amount of rice subsidies set by the World Trade Organization – exceeding it by about 650%. However, the rice producers in Costa Rica remain confident that nothing will happen, since they are practically inconsequential in terms of global rice producers. Rice is…

Mexican Drought Wreaking Havoc on Farmers

You know it’s dry when even the cacti are withering.  A drought has been plaguing the majority of Mexican states for two solid years; it has gone from bad to worse in such a way that it’s now officially the worst drought in recorded history. The Mexican state of Coahuila, which borders Texas, has been…

El Salvador’s Family Agriculture Plan

The Family Agriculture Plan (PAF) is a new act that was implemented in 2011 by the Ministry of Agriculture that aims to reduce rural poverty and increase agricultural production in order to revitalize the economy in the countryside. With four main components to the plan, the government hopes to improve the livelihoods of about 2…