Mesoamerica Hunger Free AMEXCID-FAO


In Nicaragua, “Mesoamerica Hunger Free AMEXCID-FAO” focuses its efforts on contributing to the improvement of food and nutritional security increasing availability and access to quality seeds. This includes promoting community organization and strengthening family farmers’ capacities in terms of production and adoption of new technologies. 

At an institutional level, “Mesoamerica Hunger Free AMEXCID-FAO” supports the definition of normative frameworks and the strengthening of research processes and technological innovation to guarantee seed security to family farmers. 

Among the activities of Mesoamerica Hunger Free in the country, contributing to the achievement of a significant decrease in the mortality rate of lobster fishermen in the Nicaraguan coast and an increase on lobster exports due to the adoption of best practices and shared experiences, also stand out.

Some of the results achieved and the actions that “Mesoamerica Hunger Free AMEXCID-FAO” supports in Nicaragua are the following:


  • Drafting of the National strategy for participatory plant breeding.
  • Establishment and strengthening of 75 community seed banks.
  • Analysis and systematization of experiences of the seed banks model for the production and distribution of quality seeds adapted to specific environmental conditions.
  • Analysis of legal instruments about genetic resources, and modern and conventional biotechnologies.
  • Diploma course on community seed banks and participatory plant breeding, jointly organized between the National Agricultural University, the INTA and FAO.
  • Planning of a postgraduate course on methods and selection of food sampling plans aimed at technical personnel from the Institute for Agricultural Protection and Health (IPSA), in collaboration with the National University of Engineering.
  • Introduction of better lobster capture practices.
  • Actualization of the National strategy of bio inputs developed by the Nicaraguan Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA).
  • Evaluation and strengthening of the National Seed System.
  • Implementation of the National policy to promote agro ecological production.
  • Validation of the tool for agroecology performance evaluation developed by FAO. 
  • Drafting of a proposal for a new Law on Seeds. 
  • Update on the legal digest on food security and nutrition, and the legal digest on environment and natural resources. 
  • Methodological guide for the preparation of business plans in community seed banks.