Kevin Bird

Nicaragua and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Published 30 March 2020 Nicaragua has so far been among the most successful countries in Latin America in protecting its population from the virus while also maintaining normal economic life. While each country's experience facing the COVID-19 pandemic is different, some common fundamental factors can make the difference between a…

Coffee prices continue to decline in February

Thursday 5th, March 2020. According to the International Coffee Organization (ICO) February 2020 Coffee Market Report, coffee prices continued to decline in February. After price drops in January, the ICO composite indicator fell a further 4.6 per cent, averaging 102 US cents per pound. The daily price of the ICO…

Coffee: Harvest at Historic Lows

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 It is estimated that in El Salvador the current coffee harvest will close at 600,000 quintals, a volume similar to that reported in 1890, when the country had not invested considerably in coffee production. The lack of maintenance work such as pruning, fertilization, weed control, pests…

Political Reform to Boost the Economy

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Nicaraguan businessmen believe that electoral reform is essential to reactivate the country's economic activity, which has been in decline since the crisis erupted in 2018. According to estimates by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Nicaragua's Gross Domestic Product contracted by 5.7% in 2019, a drop that…

Fight for a living wage

Global Coffee Report looks at how the living wage can guide discussions on price and the future sustainability of coffee. When low international coffee prices are discussed, it is often in comparison to the cost of production. However, there is a higher benchmark that needs to be addressed – the…

Nicaragua: Beautiful and Affordable

Along Central America’s Pacific coast you’ll find rocky outcrops, world-class surf, and some of the most jaw-dropping views in the world. If it’s natural beauty you are after, Nicaragua is the jewel of this stretch of coast. Today’s Nicaragua is like a newborn child, eyes bright with hope with a…