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Caribbean Coast Food Security Project (PAIPSAN)

$33.9 million to focus on small producers, indigenous, afro-descendants and mestizo communities, and value chains with growth potential in the impoverished Caribbean coast region of Nicaragua.


In Nicaragua, the agriculture sector is the single largest employer with more than 30% of the labor force, the main source of livelihood for close to 80% of rural households, and the majority of staple foods consumed are derived from small- and medium-scale farmers. The Caribbean coast is the country’s main agricultural frontier, accounting for 43% of the national territory, 23% of the agricultural area, nearly three quarters of the forest area, 70% of fishery production, and 35% of the cattle. However, agricultural growth is limited by post-harvest losses, weak agribusiness development services, lack of rural infrastructure, and climate change vulnerability.


The Caribbean Coast Food Security Project (PAIPSAN) enhances food security and nutrition in select communities of the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. Project stakeholders include small- and medium-scale landholders, rural laborers, producers’ organizations, and fisher communities, including women and young people, with limited or no assets or equipment. PAIPSAN is aligned with the Sector-wide Rural Development Program, which focuses on poor smallholders as active participants in their own sustainable human development to achieve food security and foster agricultural exports. The project promotes increased agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability through participatorily designed Innovation Development Plans (IDPs) for formal and informal groups of beneficiaries such as cooperatives and producers’ associations to achieve improvements and innovations in production and to consolidate market opportunities. Activities include agricultural technology trainings and technical assistance for organized producers along with promotion of income-producing employment activities such as the creation of family–community microenterprises ranging from cabinet-making and fruit production to sustainable tourism in support of women and young people. The project supports nutrition education to change behavior and raises awareness and knowledge about nutrition and the role of agriculture in improving nutrition outcomes.

Project Status






Focus area

  • Climate Change
  • Nutrition

Supervising entity

  • World Bank


To date, PAIPSAN-CCN benefitted 74,130 people (47 percent women), exceeding the end-of-project targets. As a result of project efforts, 9,814 farmers have adopted project-promoted technologies, of whom 4,751 were women, surpassing the end-ofproject targets of 8,000 people and 1,600 women. In addition, 14,826 families (6,994 women-led) implemented IDPs, surpassing the end target of 14,000. The project
financed 58 of these IDPs to improve agricultural production, small-scale fisheries, processing, value-addition and commercialization. Surpassing the target of 2,000 beneficiaries, the project trained 10,692 people in nutrition education and the role of agriculture in improving family nutrition outcomes; among those trained, 5,682 were men, surpassing the end-of-project target of 800. Further, the average agricultural productivity increase reached 72 percent, far surpassing the 10 percent target, and the final Dietary Diversity Score was 91 percent, also surpassing the end-of-project target of 80 percent. 


Augusto Garcia
Task Team Leader & Senior Operations Officer, +505 22700000

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The Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) is dedicated to fighting hunger, malnutrition, and poverty in low-income countries by supporting resilient and sustainable agricultural systems that benefit and empower poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers. Since its inception in 2010, GAFSP has received contributions totaling $1.7 billion from Australia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with funds going to countries that have strategic, innovative, and credible plans already in place to improve agricultural productivity and food security.

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