Location – Telica-Rota Nature Reserve, Leon, Nicaragua
The Project – Nuevas Esperanzas’ agroecology programme uses model farms to tackle food insecurity on the Telica Volcano. The model farms demonstrate natural ecological processes to utilise available land and water resources and promote yield. Use of expensive chemical fertilizers and pesticides are reduced. Staple and cash crops are planted in combination to encourage crop diversification, increasing availability of fresh produce and providing valuable products for market. The farmers have the opportunity to experiment with new crops and techniques without risking their own land and resources.
- Crop diversification
- Food security
- Income generation
- Reducing deforestation
- Support the marketing of agricultural products and livestock
Our Support – The LATA Foundation is currently supporting Nuevas Esperanzas Agroecology program by funding three months of lessons and training in business management to the farmers. This follows on from previous years success in funding the planting and growing of crops (such as pineapples, dragon fruit, plantain, avocado and honey) on the model farms. After the training, a collection centre for the crops will be established and farmers provided with road side kiosks and outlets from which to sell their produce.
How can you help? – Donate £30 to help the families around Telica improve their livelihoods. Donate here
Further information – Nuevas Esperanzas’ close relationship with Telica communities is the result of working together for more than 10 years. In the beginning, their projects focussed on increasing access to safe drinking water through rainwater harvesting tanks and spring protection. Now their projects span sectors of water and sanitation, health, food security, education, conservation and sustainable livelihoods. The model farms are part of their sustainable tourism project. This project aims to develop tourism infrastructure on the volcano to benefit local people, a significant number of which live under $1 per day. Walking routes, cabins and a café have been built and local guides recently received their accreditation. A local tourism cooperative has been formed to manage activities. Visitors staying on the volcano now support these communities and have the opportunity to explore alongside those who know it best.