Global Images Contest 2009-2010
Small dairy farmers in Monteverde Costa Rica have been losing their livelihoods to pressures from a growing local tourist economy and highly regulated global markets. By engaging in a local informal dairy economy, some farmers are finding a way to hold onto their farms. While I helped this farmer milk the family cows I asked why he continued to work on his mother’s farm even as other young people were pulled into the tourist industry. He told me, “we do it because the farm is part of the family, it is part of us.