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  1. Coffee farming with giants in Galapagos

    Coffee farming with giants in Galapagos

    World famous as a crucible of evolution and for their remarkable flora and fauna, the Galapagos Islands are both fascinating and fragile. But amidst the giant tortoises, diving iguanas and blue-footed boobies, a handful of farmers are also trying to put these islands on the map as a source of exceptional coffee.

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  2. Cutting Out the Middleman: Not always the best strategy?

    Cutting Out the Middleman: Not always the best strategy?

    The gap between what farmers and forest dwellers receive for their products and what these are ultimately sold for in rich country markets is often staggering. Adding more value to sustainable natural products and selling them more directly are often seen as options for closing this gap to help producers keep a bigger share of the final product’s value. And while there are some great examples of capturing value this way, the much reviled ‘middlemen’ often play crucial

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  3. Gustu: From farm (and forest and river) to table in Bolivia

    Gustu: From farm (and forest and river) to table in Bolivia

    “They are so bright…so many colors…so much…so different…diverse” Elizabeth Abel of the cutting-edge restaurant Gustu, struggles for the right words as she answers my question about Amazon products, her hesitancy reflecting the flood of images that came to mind as soon as I mentioned the word “Amazon.” But her point is clear: it is a vast multicolor world of natural wealth. “Traditional uses…” she adds, “are part of the magic

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  4. Conversatorio sobre el Registro Sanitario en el Ecuador

    Conversatorio sobre el Registro Sanitario en el Ecuador

    Conversando con muchos productores, identificamos el proceso de Registro Sanitario como un reto para muchos emprendedores de productos sostenibles en el Ecuador. El pasado Jueves 4 de diciembre de 2014 realizamos el primer seminario web (webinar) de Canopy Bridge, con el tema: “Conversatorio sobre el Registro Sanitario en el Ecuador.” Este conversatorio buscaba apoyar y facilitar el proceso a través de la difusión de otras experiencias y la asesoría técnica

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  5. Putting the spotlight on producers at Ecuador’s Latitud Cero

    Putting the spotlight on producers at Ecuador’s Latitud Cero

    “We need to codify products, see who produces them, where, how…and connect them more effectively. We must change lives through gastronomy.” Gaston Acurio at Latitud Cero. Ecuador’s diverse cuisine had its chance to shine last week at the Latitud Cero Ecuador Cultura Gourmet festival in that country’s highland capital, Quito. Often overshadowed by Peru, its more gastronomically prominent neighbor to the south, Ecuador is coming into its own with a cuisine that integrates

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  6. Rescuing Ancient Superfoods – Changing lives in the process

    Rescuing Ancient Superfoods – Changing lives in the process

    Ojoche, Ojite, Ojushte, Ujushte, Capomo, Manchinga, Pisba waihka, Huje, Mojo, Ax, Ramon Nut, Breadnut… a partial list of many names for the same seed. Where I live, Ecuador, it’s called Sande but I had no idea it existed until I heard about the Maya Nut Institute a couple of months ago. Since 2001 Maya Nut Institute has improved livelihoods by empowering women and supporting nutritional health through this amazing seed, which they named “Maya Nut.” Maya Nut Institute

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  7. Getting Started Exporting Goods into the U.S.: Food

    Getting Started Exporting Goods into the U.S.: Food

    At Canopy Bridge we've put together this guide as a preliminary introduction for exporters of food products to the United States. This document is based in part on the experiences of Canopy Bridge users and provides links to various on-line resources to help first-time exporters understand the key regulatory agencies involved and some of the requirements they should be aware of.er versions of this document.

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  8. Ibis RiceTM: “Eat Rice, Save Birds”

    Ibis RiceTM: “Eat Rice, Save Birds”

    Morning breaks and Mr. Phearun loads a tuk-tuk with rice, numberless airtight packages of premium-quality, organic brown rice. Phnom Penh’s traffic is hectic, but he cannot be late. There are supermarkets and restaurants waiting, and this is not just any grain. Reducing chemical inputs in a floodplain is no easy feat, nor is ensuring forest and wildlife conservation in protected areas, but since 2009, the WCS Cambodia Wildlife Conservation Society and Sansom Mlup Prey –  an NGO whose name means “Saving the Forest” in Khmer – have been innovating the way rice is grown

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  9. The Spice of Life – Turning the Tables in Northern Viet Nam

    The Spice of Life – Turning the Tables in Northern Viet Nam

    With raw bark exports topping 25,000 tons per year, Vietnam is the world’s third largest producer of cassia cinnamon. More than 100,000 farmers, traders, processors, and sellers depend on the country’s cinnamon trade, and there are currently over 50,000 hectares of land under cassia cultivation. Vietnam’s cassia market is immense, but it is also characterized by cutthroat competition, limited end markets, and undifferentiated demand regarding quality of

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