Posts in Nicaragua

Ag development for small farmers heals the land in Nicaragua

Heydi, 32, a farmer in the disaster-prone area of Nicaragua along the Coco River (Río Coco) on the country’s eastern coast, now has the knowledge to provide food for her family thanks to training she receives at her local agricultural training center. FRB’s Río Coco program operates in the indigenous communities of this geographically isolated region which suffers from extreme rates of poverty, malnutrition, and vulnerability to climate change and natural disaster. After Hurricane Felix in 2007, local partner Acción Médica Cristiana created the center to offer communities appropriate agricultural practices to help them grow food in spite of the loss of trees and topsoil.

01/16/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Amaranth Porridge Recipe

Amaranth is a grain similar to wheat or maize. While the plant has grown as a native species in communities around the world for hundreds of years, it was only recently recognized as being valuable for those living in poverty. Many of FRB's programs are training farmers on the cultivation and nutritional uses of amaranth. These include the Nicaragua-Conquista and Nicaragua-Farmer programs. 

12/19/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

New LWR Pilot Programs look at Gender Roles in Agriculture

Foods Resource Bank’s members and their overseas partners put in a tremendous amount of care and attention to the needs of local communities when designing overseas programs. Understanding the local context including the root causes of hunger, are essential for helping a community design a program that best fits their needs. The root causes of hunger and poverty are often things unseen on the surface that are complex and intertwined.

11/16/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More