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NIC147 Support and training poor coffee farmers

projectdescription

In northern Nicaragua, many coffee farmers live in extreme poverty with their families in the countryside. This often concerns small producers of coffee that make use of the available natural resources. The organi­zation PAC helps these coffee farmers with the help of a successful method to improve production and cultivate the soil sustai­nably. This signi­fi­cantly increases the economic oppor­tu­nities for coffee farmers.

why this project?

PAC works in Jalapa and Murra. These munici­pa­lities are in a situation of great poverty. Many basic needs are inade­quate. These include poor housing, poor sanitation, low employment and inade­quate education. The problems are magnified by incidents of gangs linked to organized crime. The majority of the population depends on agricul­tural production, which has not been well developed for a long time and is sensitive to climate change.

impact

PAC works with a business model in which coffee farmers are trained and supported, making full use of their gifts and talents. In three years' time, they are working towards better produc­tivity and quality and better conser­vation of resources. Every year, 100 coffee-producing families are included in the project. That means 300 families in the period from 2021 to 2023. The income of these families is growing by 10% per year.

what can we learn? 

Pac's experience is that the marginal situation of the farmer is reversed over a period of three years by the appli­cation of the business model. There will be better economic oppor­tu­nities for farmers and their families. Poverty is decre­asing and with it the health risks. As a result, confi­dence for the future grows.

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