In Nicaragua, a $3.21 million grant to the National Union of Farmers and Ranchers (UNAG) will increase agricultural income and food security for smallholder farmers and aid recovery from COVID-19 impact in selected areas of the Dry Corridor. The specific objectives are to increase agricultural productivity and improve the use of natural capital through the adoption of sustainable production, access to the market as well as greater access to complementary value-chain services including finance.
The project will do so specifically by strengthening the PO members through capacity assessment, participatory strategic development, and training. It will also increase the resilience and productivity of agricultural and livestock-raising systems, promoting sustainable and climate-resilient production through farmers’ training, bio-intensive gardens and nutrition, irrigation, and other sustainable agricultural practices. Finally, the project will promote economic opportunities for members of cooperative organizations affiliated with UNAG, with emphasis on young adults, women, and indigenous, providing access to information, financing, and markets, including activities in favor of women and youth. The project will be implemented over a three-and-a-half-year period. UNAG will be in charge of implementation through 192 affiliated Producer Organizations (PO) in 14 municipalities. The target population is 10,000 farmers, all of whom are organized in cooperatives and associations affiliated with UNAG. The intervention will focus on the provinces of Matagalpa, Estelí, and Madriz, specifically on 14 municipalities and directly benefiting 4,369, of which 43% are women, 27% youth, and 13% indigenous.
Project StatusUnder Preperation
GAFSP Funding Amount3.21
GAFSP Coordination Unit