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In Colombia, moving from tragedy to development

By Amparo Díaz, laureate of UNDP's annual storytelling contest The 21st century was just beginning when Salomón Manuel Petro – a troubadour and farmer – and his family were forced to leave their home in northwestern Colombia. They took only what they could carry with them, along with their memoriesmore

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In Costa Rica, promoting responsible pineapple production

In a rural community in the north of Costa Rica, a woman affectionately called “Blanquita” by her coworkers leads a planting team of the Flor Agroindustrias, a business dedicated to pineapple production. Four years ago, they began a process of organizational transformation to implement strategies fomore

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In El Salvador, paving the road for better opportunities

For decades, poor roads between the municipalities of the Balsam Mountain Range in El Salvador kept the place isolated, slowing economic potential of small villages such as San Antonio. Despite having an agricultural cooperative of over 700 manzanas (about 1200 acres), 40 percent of which are dedicamore

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In El Salvador, women leading the way in HIV/AIDS prevention

Talking about sexuality in El Salvador is taboo, especially in rural areas, where access to information and education is limited. Angélica Méndez, 33 years old, a resident of El Flor canton in Metapán in the north of the country, describes the situation with an example:  “A lady comes and says more

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Guatemala: Saving biodiversity, one cup of coffee at a time

In 1982, Eloy Donis Samayoa began growing coffee with a group of Jesuits in Chapa, Nueva Santa Rosa, in the southeast of the country. “I planted my first coffee tree 32 years ago with no technology and not much knowledge of the process. At the time, all I had was a small plot of land I inherited fromore

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In Nicaragua, programme helps youth create businesses

As a child in Nicaragua, Leyli Siles studied, ran and played hide-and-seek just like any other little girl, even though she was deaf and born into a poor family. But by adolescence she began to feel that her hearing impairment was checking her aspirations. As the years went by, Siles became despondemore

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In Panama, land deeds help farmers protect forests

Melquiades Jaén, a farmer in the Capira district of Panama, has spent 45 years living and working on his 130 hectares: cultivating the land, taking care of it, grazing cattle there. But has hasn’t been able to hold in his own hands the title deeds for his farm – until now. The Capira district west omore