SosteNica works with Nicaraguan smallholder farmers and their communities to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. We deploy a development model that addresses the evolving requirements of these farmers as they move from subsistence farming to farms that generate a virtuous cycle of rising standards of wealth and income in a manner that is ecologically sustainable.
A very large number of Nicaragua’s population of six million suffer the physical and mental deprivations of poverty: hunger, illness, and hopelessness. Nicaragua remains the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere, while suffering the growing impacts of climate change. The necessary tools for the people of Nicaragua to improve these conditions, capital and education, are in short supply and unavailable to those most in need.
Why Smallholder Farm Families
There were things that we did not produce and through training SosteNica has taught us how grow them and have a better production.
Before, we used to harvest 20 quintals (2000lbs) and now, with SosteNica’s support, we have harvested 50 to 60 quintals (5,000 – 6,000lbs) per manzana (1.7 acres). This is a great achievement.
— DANIEL ROCHA
In the Field
Our recipe for smallholder farm success...restore soil health, add water, diversify to manage risk, work with natural systems, and gain access to markets.
In the Home
The health and safety of the family is paramount so we focus on clean cookstoves and access to water.
In the Community
The community is where all of SosteNica’s efforts come together…educating and training young people, building connections, demonstrating sustainable technologies, and linking agro-entreprenuers to markets.