The Municipality of Conquista is located in the rain shadow along the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Local partner, Fundación San Lucas has been promoting community development since 2004. While working with rural farmers in crop production and seed storage, the Fundación San Lucas recognized the strong correlation between access to land and nutrition. In a context where land ownership, especially to good land, is a challenge this program focuses on:
- Providing financing for land purchases to farm families that currently do not have access to their own land through a ‘land bank’ model.
- Facilitating the construction and management of an ‘agriculture technology transfer center’ that will be a catalyst in testing and introducing improved and non-traditional agricultural crops and be the missing link between the traditional ‘research institution’ and the farmer.
- Providing training to partner farm families on sustainable farming techniques, post harvest storage and marketing.
Please watch this wonderful video filmed by and about the participants of the the Conquista program.
Images from Nicaragua - Conquista