Improving Food Security and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Habits in Three Communities of Somoto

This is a 21 month project with the Iglesia Luterana Fe y Esperanza in Somoto, Nicaragua with a budget of $80,000 requested of LWR with an additional contribution of $20,000 from ILFE. This project will continue work under the churches Diaconia y Desarrollo program in three communities in the dry corridor of northwestern Nicaragua where LWR has supported work over the past three years. This project will directly benefit 545 members of 113 families and indirectly benefit 369 residents of these communities through improved access to water and sanitation and increased availability and diversity of food crops for improved food security, water and hygiene.

Background

In Nicaragua, farmer’s associations are essential structures for helping smallscale farmers successfully participate in agriculture value chains. LWR works with associations and cooperatives to improve productivity, quality, and postharvest processing and storage crops. LWR also helps farmer’s associations and cooperatives engage with external with external stakeholders to increase their competitiveness in the national and international market.

LWR’s focus on agricultural value chains is complemented by efforts to help famers diversity agricultural production, improve on-farm processing and storage, and promote better dietary practices for small-scale famers and their families. As a result, hundreds of families have achieved food security and are building resilience to climate-induced crop loss.

Objectives

  • Strengthened community seed banks and training and support for improving soil fertility.
  • Implemented farm diversification and household gardening which increased production and diversity of food crops such as basic grains and vegetables.
  • Improved resilience of production systems to changing climate patterns which in these communities has resulted in rainy seasons that are shorter and more irregular.

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