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A comprehensive action plan for the Dry Corridor in Nicaragua

The World Bank is backing a comprehensive project that focuses on resilience, reinforcing and revitalizing the various paths for the development of this strip of territory, which is severely affected by continuous droughts.

Building a pipeline to deal with the drought in El Carmen, Nicaragua

Nicaragua is one of the countries in the Dry Corridor – a territory that stretches from the south of Mexico to Panama – that suffers from continuous droughts due to the El Niño phenomenon. The loss of a large number of basic grains, which are the foundations of the region’s subsistence, has threatened the livelihoods of its inhabitants, and hamper the country, Mesoamerica and the entire region’s progress towards a greater degree of development.

It is therefore fundamental, on the one hand, to increase levels of agricultural production, and on the other, to strengthen the region’s resilience, or capacity to respond to adverse weather events. A new project based on these concepts is currently in the preparatory phase, backed by the World Bank and with technical advisory from FAO.

FAO expert and project team member Fabrice Edouard went on a recent formulation mission in Managua, where he met with members of the Ministry of Family, Community and Cooperative Economy (MEFCCA according to its acronym in Spanish), and reviewed the project documents and proposals. As an expert in land tenure and ownership, Edouard made the most of the occasion to analyze how this project could provide opportunities for synergies with the initiatives of reinforcing property rights in the Dry Corridor.

This initiative, which would be launched in 2018, is intended to generate robust, up-to-date agroclimatic information for climate-related decision processes, promote technological innovations that allow for adaptation to the climate and innovations for the conservation and better management of resources – especially water – as well as favor investments that affect the value chain and foster productive and commercial partnerships between producers. 

Author: Agronoticias
Photo Credit: Conflict & Development at Texas A&M (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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