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Immediate assistance to prevent food losses, re-establish food production and the livelihoods in Nicaragua

Immediate assistance to prevent food losses, re-establish food production and the livelihoods in Nicaragua

Full title of the project:

Immediate assistance to prevent food losses, re-establish food production and the livelihoods of the vulnerable farmers affected by Tropical Depression 12E in 26 municipalities of 7 departments of Nicaragua

Target areas:

Departments of Nueva Segovia, Madriz, Matagalpa, Managua, León, Chinandega and Estelí

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 370 862
Implementation:
07/11/2011-06/04/2012
Project code:
OSRO/NIC/102/CHA
Objective:

To support 5 000 subsistence farming families that are food insecure by restoring short-term food production and preventing food losses in the departments affected by Tropical Depression 12 E.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Health, UN agencies, local Municipal Offices and NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

17 571 individuals, including 10 028 children, 2 166 women and 5 377 men.

Activities implemented:
  • Carried out a Rapid Food and Nutrition Security Assessment in 29 municipalities affected by flooding.
  • Distributed 37 tonnes of certified INTA ROJO bean seed and 45 tonnes of synthetic fertilizer to 1 010 bean producers; 589.18 quintals of certified variety NB6 maize seed and 1 734 quintals of urea fertilizer to 1 741 maize producers; and vegetable seeds (tomato, onion, squash and pumpkin) to 1 008 families to establish small home gardens.
  • Strengthened 155 community seed banks with 678 metal silos, each having a 200 kg capacity with the potential to store about 123 tonnes of food grain or seed.
  • Implemented 108 technical assistance field visits for basic management of crops and gardens.
  • Organized 15 training sessions for community leaders, involving 508 farmers (304 men and 204 women heads of households).
Impact:
  • Improved beneficiaries food production capacity and generated additional income through the sale of surplus production.
  • Diversified the diets of households by improving their access to additional sources of protein and carbohydrates.
  • Trained beneficiaries on agronomic management of basic grain crops, as well as home garden and community seed bank management.
  • Improved access to seed banks for 3 784 families and helped to facilitate better seed and food management.