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El Aporreado: the bean harvest

At this time of the year the rural community of Santa Julia - like families throughout Nicaragua – brings in the harvest of red beans, one of the country’s staple crops. This involves dehulling the beans so that they can be stored for the rest of the year. Nicaragua has a...

We eat what we grow: food sovereignty, Sandinista Revolution

Testimonies of the campesinas of the Community of Marlon Alvarado Today together with hundreds of thousands of other Nicaraguans, the rural community of Marlon Alvarado in the department of Carazo will be celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution. The community, part of the 46,000 member Nicaraguan Rural Workers Association (ATC),...

Nicaragua organic Fairtrade coffee farmer visits London

Nicaraguan Fairtrade coffee farmer Gloria Talavera visited London 20 – 22 February as a guest of the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign. Gloria belongs to the Union of Agricultural Co-operatives (UCA) SOPPEXCCA which has 650 members producing organic Fairtrade coffee for export and organic cacao, fruit and vegetables for local consumption. Women from the...

The Nicaraguan deaf children who invented a new language

In the 1980s deaf children in Nicaragua invented a completely new sign language of their own. This remarkable achievement allowed experts a unique insight into how human communication develops. US linguist Judy Shepard-Kegl documented the emergence of what is now known as Nicaraguan Sign Language. In this BBC video she explains how...

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