Our first two days in Nicaragua have been incredible. I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity and hospitality of both TechnoServe staff and locals alike. The landscape of the country is spectacular with volcanoes and green hillsides around every corner.

We spent our first weekend visiting the city of Granada, an old colonial city situated near Lake Nicaragua. The lake is known for 365 small islands (“Las Isletas”) that were formed during a volcanic eruption. Our trip was cut short by an unexpected thunderstorm, but we made sure to try some of the local cuisine before heading back to Managua.

Monday was our first day of work, and after meeting with a coffee industry expert, I couldn’t be more excited to start working on our project. The problems facing El Salvador’s coffee industry are severe, and the need for a timely solution is evident. Next week we will leave Managua for El Salvador, where we will begin conducting interviews with participants from all parts of the value chain (from the farmer to the exporter). I’m really looking forward to seeing firsthand how a small red fruit on a tree makes its way from the farm, to the futures market, and eventually to the cups of millions of people around the world.

The Volunteer

Scott Argyres

Associate, FBG-Fund Statistics

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