The Maradiaga Family
Camilo Maradiaga, age 70, has raised his entire 11-member family on a small coffee farm in Nicaragua. To help ensure his farm continues to thrive for his children, he and his 44-year-old daughter, Liliann, attend the Better Coffee Harvest Project trainings facilitated by TechnoServe. Since enrolling, they’ve changed how they farm coffee and have seen a significant difference in the health of their coffee trees. Not only did they learn how to correctly fertilize and better pruning techniques, they’ve been able to take preventative steps against coffee rust, which is a devastating leaf fungus that can destroy all the trees on the farm.
All family members are now involved in tending the farm. The women in the family are in charge of establishing new seedbeds and managing the nursery, while Camilo’s sons help with maintenance, weeding, fertilizing soils, and fertilizing foliage. They’ve also been able to establish a demonstration plot with two leaf-rust-tolerant varieties.