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The Co-operative Union SOPPEXCCA is made up of 650 members who are small scale farmers producing coffee for the Fair Trade market Attempted coup: a Fair Trade coffee producer’s perspective

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 20 September 2018

Junieth  Maribel is a young Fair Trade coffee farmer and member of the Co-operative Union SOPPEXCCA, Jinotega, northern Nicaragua. SOPPEXCCA is made up of 650 small scale coffee and cacoa farmers organised into 15 co-operatives. Their coffee is sold through Fair Trade markets in Europe and the US. Junieth read more

Spanish classes start Monday Sept 17th

NSC News | Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Learn Spanish with a Latin American flavour at Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign! Classes start on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 17th and the term will be 12 weeks.Beginners 5pm - 6.30pmBeginners Plus 5.30pm – 6.30 pmElementary / Improvers 6.30pm – 7.30 pmIntermediate 7.30pm – 8.30 pmThe last class includes read more

Look out for this sticker when buying your Fair Trade Coffee! By buying it you will be showing your solidarity with the farmers of SOPPEXCCA who are living through such painful times. Co-operative Union SOPPEXCCA perspective on the national crisis

News from Nicaragua | Friday, 27 July 2018

‘As small scale farmers organised in UCA SOPPEXCCA we embrace the hope that the generalised state of violence in our country can be managed and that an understanding can be reached among the political leaders of all political positions and currents. Our hope is that they can leave to read more

In an area of Nicaragua where there has been no conflict, parents and builders begin the construction of a pre-school funded by organisations in Bristol Bristol-Puerto Morazan:education for hundreds of pre-schoolers

News from Nicaragua | Friday, 27 July 2018

Twenty five years ago, pre-school children in all the barrios of Bristol’s twin town of Puerto Morazan, had their lessons under trees, in shrimp storerooms or makeshift shacks with mud floors. In bad weather lessons had to be cancelled. Since then Friends of Morazan (Charity Number 1111253) and Bristol Link read more

The violence of road blocks has severely affected the livelihoods of small scale farmers. Fair Trade Co-op calls for dialogue to end violence

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 19 July 2018

Since 2002, NSC has worked with co-operatives in Nicaragua through promoting awareness of, and understanding between, Nicaraguan small scale farmers and UK Fair Trade activists. One of these co-operatives is CECOCAFEN, an umbrella organisation based in the northern Nicaraguan Department of Matagalpa that brings together over 2,100 small scale farmers read more

The National Dialogue involving the government and all sectors of society is the way out of the crisis The only way forward is through dialogue

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 19 July 2018

  Since 19 April waves of violence have profoundly polarised and destabilised Nicaragua.   What started as a student protest in Managua against government reforms to the social security law rapidly spread to other universities and cities which fed into wider protests. Over the past three months this situation has escalated into read more

The National Dialogue re-started on 15 June National Dialogue: an end to violence from whatever source

News from Nicaragua | Monday, 18 June 2018

Since 18 April Nicaragua has experienced waves of extreme violence that have profoundly polarised the country. According to national and international human rights organisations over 160 people have died and 2,100 have been injured. All forms of violence - killings, threats, intimidation, road blocks and sabotage -have escalated. The country read more

Road blocks are violating people's right to freedom of movement and destroying their livelihoods. Western media coverage of Nicaragua

News from Nicaragua | Friday, 8 June 2018

Why has Nicaragua, a country with a stable economy and commitment to health, education, social and programmes, erupted into such deeply polarised conflict over the past month? The Western media including the BBC and The Guardian blame the government  almost entirely for the conflict. However, John Perry who volunteers with a rural read more

Impact of violence in Nicaragua

News from Nicaragua | Monday, 4 June 2018

More than a month of violence in Nicaragua has tragically resulted in the deaths of over 100 people and left 868 injured. An essential part of the peace process is to ensure justice for their relatives and families and ensure that that those responsible for these deaths are read more

Nicaragua: peace initiatives

News from Nicaragua | Friday, 1 June 2018

Calling to account all those responsible for acts of violence On 30 May, the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR), and the General Secretariat of the Organisation of American States (OAS) announced an agreement with the Nicaraguan government to investigate the violence that has occurred since April 2018 read more