Diane Abad Vergara is a communications professional from New Zealand. She is married to Jaime (who works as a psychologist) from Colombia. Together they have two sons and have lived abroad and travelled extensively. Whilst completing her Masters in Communications, and consuming perhaps a tad too much coffee in the process Diane began to consider the chain of events and people involved from crop buds to taste buds. Zapizapu Crosses the Sea was born. This is a childrens book which explores the concept of fair trade.
Diane also produced her first documentary -Living with Coffee- (as part of her thesis), which also explores the theme of trading fairly. In particular it looks at the coffee trade between Colombia and New Zealand). The documentary is available in YouTube in English and Spanish.
Where to find Diane Abad-Vergara online
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VideosLiving with Coffee - short documentary
Living with Coffee - By Diane Abad-Vergara
As many small coffee farmers in Colombia struggle for a life free of conflict and illicit drugs, coffee roasters and consumers from New Zealand search for a taste of justice.
This is a revealing look inside the multi-million dollar coffee industry that follows the steps of two coffee roasters, in their effors to buy coffee at fair price.Viviendo con Café - un documental
Viviendo con Café
Un documental - por Diane Abad-Vergara
Así como los cafeteros más pequeños de Colombia luchan por una vida libre de conflicto y las drogas ilicitas, toastadores y consumidores de café en Nueva Zelanda buscan de un sabor con más justicia.
Este es un vistazo revelador, dentro de la mutlimillionaria industria cafeteria que sigue las huellas de unos hombres en su bŭsqueda de comprar café a un precio justo.
Zapizapu Crosses the Sea
by Diane Abad-Vergara
Zapizapu Crosses the Sea is a fascinating children's book. The script and colourful illustrations work together to simplify the concept of international trade and personify those involved around the world from grower to consumer. In its rawness we discover that the simple yet important concept of 'playing fair' is important for children and grown ups alike.
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