"When they ask me what the effects of the pandemic were, I tell them that we cannot yet talk about effects while we are still going through the crisis," says Yuri Picado, Manager of the La Campesina cocoa cooperative in Nicaragua.
Because of the crisis, farmers are not making the 3 or 4-hour journey to the municipal market in Nueva Guinea or Matiguas, a journey that helps them get food and products for their basic basket - things they do not produce on the farms - including some vegetables, basic grains, hygiene products, alcohol and... masks.
La Campesina continues to export and sell its cocoa, but the 255 producers who are members of the organisation face other challenges, says Yuri, who has been working in the cooperative for nine years.
"I started as a member with two blocks of cocoa, then I grew due to training opportunities, I worked as a field technician, secretary, vice president and now I have been working for 10 months as a manager. I never imagined that I would have to deal with a situation like this".