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By day, William Garde is a water resources and environmental engineer for the U.S.-based firm CDM Smith, where he works on every aspect of water from planning and regulation to construction and…

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Often in the U.S., when a housing market booms, coffee grows right along with it. In Kiambu, Kenya, apparently the opposite is true — as new housing appears, coffee gets…

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Makeover: The desire to fix flaws, to transform, to improve, to become the “2.0.” It is a sexy concept, one that feeds tons of industries, catering to our most basic desires for…

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Martin López, at a wet mill at La Revancha Coffee Estate in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Photo by Oscar Leiva for CRS.

Wet mills — key elements in the coffee landscape, and the first step toward transforming the cherry into a green bean. At their core, these structures can be relatively simple. They…

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A worskshop with Salvadoran coffee producers. Photo by NCBA CLUSA

El Salvador and its coffee industry are both in a perilous state. Various NGOs, tech firms and forward-thinking producers are working to save the industry by addressing issues of environmental,…

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A few years ago, I asked a farmer in the “dry corridor” of eastern El Salvador what he would do to improve water management if he were the donor funding our…

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Photo courtesy of CRS Coffeelands

On October 2, the inaugural International Coffee Day, the international humanitarian agency Catholic Relief Services announced a three-year, $4.5 million initiative called “Coffeelands.” Through some 20 projects in 14 countries…

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