In all the mountains of coverage of the crisis in Nicaragua the perspective of small scale farmers such as the ones BLINC regularly works with,  is rarely, if ever, heard.

 Here are a couple of pieces on the NSC website based on  information we have received from CECOCAFEN, an umbrella co-operative of over 2, 100 farmers based in Matagalpa producing Fair Trade coffee.

CECOCAFEN is a member organisation of a ‘Mesa Social’ that is made up of co-operatives, associations, the ATC (the agricultural workers union), UNAG (an organisation of small and medium farmers)  and community organisations.

CECOCAFEN describes their perspective on government social programmes, the dramatic impact of the crisis on the livelihoods and well being of the farmers and their families, and their hopes for the future.

http://www.nicaraguasc.org.uk/news/article/306/nicaragua-crisis:-the-perspective-of-a-fair-trade-coffee-co-op

http://www.nicaraguasc.org.uk/news/article/305/nicaragua-crisis:fairtrade-co-op-advocates-peace-through-dialogue

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