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Paul Hicks

Water Restoration and Agriculture Expert, Latin America

Based in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Paul is a veteran agricultural and water restoration expert who writes about the coffee industry for the CRS Coffeelands blog, which brings attention to issues like climate change that are affecting farmers across Latin America.

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Having joined Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in 1999 from Northwest Youth Corps and the Peace Corps, Paul Hicks writes about coffee production and agricultural development via the CRS Coffeelands blog, and oversees a major landscape and water restoration program for CRS in El Salvador. 

With more than two decades of experience managing projects in water supply and sustainable agriculture, Paul’s work in Central America puts him on the frontlines of the devastating impacts of climate change; he intimately understands how climate change is transforming the agricultural landscape across the region—threatening the productivity of thousands of farmers—and can speak to the importance of soil restoration and water conservation ensuring a prosperous future for farmers, communities and nations. 

For one of his more recent assignments, Paul helped create an innovative new social enterprise program that has vastly expanded and improved water services for dozens of underserved communities in El Salvador.

Areas of Expertise

Agricultural Restoration, Agriculture, Climate Change, Coffee, Coffee Production, Soil Degradation, Soil Management, Soil and Water, Source Water Protection, Sustainable Agriculture, Water Access, Water Conservation, Water-Smart Agriculture, Watershed Management


University of California, Davis
M.A., International Agricultural Development

University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A., Political Science