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Country Profiles: LWR in Nicaragua

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LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF (LWR) began working in Nicaragua in 1972 to promote sustainable livelihoods for rural farmers. As the program expanded to other countries Managua, Nicaragua became LWR’s Central America regional office and currently oversees projects in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Haiti.

Presently, over 75 percent of Nicaragua’s population lives on less than $2.00 per day, making it the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Agriculture is very important to domestic economic activity in Nicaragua, generating 38 percent of rural employment and contributing 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

To fulfill its long-term commitment to rural development in Nicaragua, LWR works in partnership with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local and national NGOs, producer organizations and private sector companies. In Nicaragua LWR addresses development challenges such as lack of smallholder credit access, gender equity in agriculture, transfer of technological innovations for the rural sector, sustainable clean production, and climate-resilient agriculture practices.

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