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Monday, August 24, 2015

Partners has a New Blog!

Partners of the Americas blog has moved...come with us!
Partners of the Americas new blog
We're very happy to announce that Partners of the Americas has a new blog. The new blog is integrated into our new and beautiful website, and will be the home of all future blog stories. Keep up with Partners here!

Friday, August 7, 2015

La ilusión de triunfar, aún difícil para el más fuerte

By: Jorge A, Londoño Mejía. President's Intern for External Relations

Steve Vetter, President & CEO; Jorge Londoño, Intern

Aún recuerdo como hace seis meses, cuando estaba comenzando mi semestre de pre práctica, soñaba con conseguir una oportunidad laboral envidiable para muchos y enriquecedora para mi. Era un sueño que sabía tenía que cumplir.

Salir de la zona de confort no debe ser tarea fácil para nadie, creo que no debería preocuparme tanto por esto, pues en el fondo se que con el tiempo me iré acostumbrando a las cosas y podré sacar el mayor provecho de esta experiencia.

Aún así, no puedo negar que miles de miedos invadían mis pensamientos de seguido, pues culminar mi primer semana de trabajo fue mucho más difícil de lo que esperaba. Sigo sin saber si eran las ansias de querer vivir todas las experiencias de inmediato, las expectativas de querer abarcar toda la ciudad en un día, o tal vez era simplemente el hecho de llegar a una ciudad conocida mundialmente como la capital del mundo. Lo que tengo claro, es que las cosas no llegan solas y sin motivo alguno, por eso, me basaré en resumir un poco los días previos a mi llegada, en tratar algunos puntos relevantes de mi primer semana, y por último, en expresar las ilusiones que siempre me motivan a querer triunfar y seguir adelante.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Launching Guatemalan Peanuts to the Next Level Through Integrated Marketing

By: F2F Volunteers Katie Plaia and Jennifer Rangel from the field in Guatemala.

My partner, Jennifer Rangel and I are graduate students at Florida State University. Jennifer is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Media and Communication Studies and I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication. We both have a passion for travel and helping others so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Farmer-to-Farmer program in Guatemala this summer. The Farmer-to-Farmer Program is implemented by Partners of the Americas and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Liliana Hincapie receives Medal of Merit for advancing disability rights in Colombia

By: Jasmin Herrera, Youth Engagement Intern and Sofia Luna, Marketing and Membership Development Intern (español a continuación)

Liliana receiving the 2015 Medal of Merit
Liliana Hincapie Salazar has always had a passion for volunteering, specifically working with people with disabilities. So when she became a preschool teacher in 1981, she took responsibility over the school’s special education program.

Shortly after Liliana began working at the school, however, the special education program was shut down due to lack of resources. After talking to distressed parents who were concerned about their children’s education, Liliana took it upon herself to find a place where the seven children she’d been teaching could continue to learn. When she was unable to find an existing organization for children with multiple disabilities, Liliana started her own – and la Fundación para Limitaciones Multiples (FULIM) was born.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Look Inside the Haitian Coffee Industry

By: Rebecca Lamb, Communications Intern, Farmer-to-Farmer

Coffee is a beloved beverage in the U.S. It’s hard to turn a corner in most major American cities without encountering the aromas from a nearby Starbucks. But while a majority of Americans consume coffee every day, many give little to no thought to where their coffee actually comes from.  Today, we’ll take you on a journey to discover the faces and places behind the coffee industry in Haiti.

Coffee is imported from all over the world, including Latin America and the Caribbean. The coffee sector in Haiti reached its peak in the 1960s, but has been losing importance for the past 50 years. While coffee from Haiti has long been exported, the quality of coffee in certain regions has not been up to international standards. Haitian coffee is facing considerable agricultural challenges with pests (including CBB and rust); the infrastructure for processing coffee is often in disrepair; and evaluation scores are frequently low. Additionally, many Haitian cooperatives and producers have a poor understanding of quality standards for export.

As the Haitian coffee industry seeks to grow, the infrastructure of traditional farms means that producers and cooperatives don't have the necessary market information or knowledge of their own production capacity. There is an opportunity to convert the traditional coffee process to an industrial one that could revitalize the industry and give the producers control of a larger portion of the value chain.