44%Live in Rural Areas
80%Rely on Agriculture
29%Live in Poverty
About 43 percent of Nicaragua’s population live in rural areas. The World Bank reports that 42 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes and 32 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Nicaragua rates 129 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). About 8.5 percent of its 6 million people live below the poverty line, or $1.25 a day, and about 6 percent of its children under 5 are malnourished.
Our Work In Nicaragua
Heifer Nicaragua supports farmers through gifts of animals, seeds, equipment and training. Local farmers are raising small and large livestock, and establishing family vegetable gardens to improve their food security.
We train farmers on animal health and nutrition, agroecology, water management (potable and for irrigation), and environmental conservation and other topics.
Our regional programs focus on the farm-to-market processing of coffee, cacao and honey. We are also helping farmers create agricultural diversity on their farms and, assisting in the cultivation of basic grains like corn and beans in an Earth-friendly way.
Full Participation, Leadership Training, Asset Ownership, Business Acquisition
Enterprise and Value Chain Development, Entrepreneurship, Diverse Production
Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Self-help Groups (SHG)
Animal and Crop Management, Dietary Diversification , Vegetable Gardening
Agroecology, Water Conservation
Programs and Projects
PROMESA:Economic Improvement and Food Security in Coffee, Cocoa, and Other Crop Commodities
GANASOL:Livestock and Sustainable Agriculture on Latin American Hillsides
SAN SECO:Food and Nutritional Security in the Central and South American Dry Corridor