Heifer Nicaragua

Live in Rural Areas

Rely on Agriculture

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.

21,648 Families
Were Assisted in FY2017

Livestock Placed In FY2017

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.

Omar Martinez
Omar Martinez (7) poses with the family calf in Norwich village.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Full Participation, Leadership Training, Asset Ownership, Business Acquisition

  • Increased Income

    Enterprise and Value Chain Development, Entrepreneurship, Diverse Production

  • Social Capital

    Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Self-help Groups (SHG)

  • Nutrition

    Animal and Crop Management, Dietary Diversification , Vegetable Gardening

  • Environment

    Agroecology, Water Conservation

Programs and Projects


    Economic Improvement and Food Security in Coffee, Cocoa, and Other Crop Commodities

    Livestock and Sustainable Agriculture on Latin American Hillsides

    Food and Nutritional Security in the Central and South American Dry Corridor

Project Partners


  • Keurig Green Mountain
  • Ford Foundation
  • Solidarity Network
  • Tropical Agriculture and Research Center (CATIE)
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
  • International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  • WE EFFECT (Swedish Cooperative Centre)

Local Implementing Partners

  • Nitlapan
  • La Cuculmeca
  • Unión Nacional de Agricultores y Ganaderos Esteli (UNAG)
  • Unión Nacional de Agricultores y Ganaderos Madriz (UNAG)
  • Asociación para el Desarrollo Pecuario de Achuapa (ASODEPA)
  • Unión de Cooperativas Multifuncional Productoras de Café Orgánico (UCPCO)
  • Promotora de Desarrollo Cooperativo de Las Segovias, Sociedad Anónima.
  • Federación Agropecuaria de Mujeres Productoras del Campo de Nicaragua (FEMUPROCAN)
  • Comisión Nacional Ganadera de Nicaragua (CONAGAN)
  • CARITAS Esteli
  • Centro de Exportaciones e Inversiones (CEI)
  • Centro para la Promoción, la Investigación y el Desarrollo Rural Social (CIPRES)
  • Asociación para el Desarrollo del Norte de Chinandega (ADENOCH)
  • Cooperativa de Servicios Agroforestales y Comercialización de Cacao R.L. (ONICA)
  • Cooperativa Multifuncional Cacaotera “La Campesina” R.L. (LA CAMPESINA)
  • Cooperativa Tierra de Nutrias
  • Cooperativa Augusto Cesar Sandino
  • La Cooperativa Multisectorial Lácteos R.L. (NICACENTRO)


Heifer International Nicaragua

Heifer International Nicaragua

Altamira de Este, de los Semaphores de la Vicky, 2 cadres al Norte. Casa No. 39.

T: (505) 2252-5852

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