and Sustainable Living Solutions
Oxfam has worked to improve livelihoods in Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in Latin America, for more than 25 years. This project directly supports women farmers and their families.
We work with local partner FEMUPROCAN, the Federation of Women Farmers and Ranchers, to increase their access to land, credit, markets and training, as well as to advocate for policy changes that are important to rural women.
Thousands of small-scale women farmers have seen their incomes and status rise by working through cooperatives and owning businesses. This program, running April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2014, reaches 99 communities of Nicaragua .
|Increase women farmers’ skills and income|
- Establish a women-led marketing business for basic grains and processed products
- Establish two processing businesses for local products, one for wine, coffee, jams, pickled products and honey; and one for organic fertilizer
- Train women co-op members in economic, financial and business skills
- Organize an annual product fair
Strengthen women’s confidence and awareness of their rights
- Train women co-op members on self-esteem, reproductive health and their right to live free from violence
- Develop women’s leadership skills through participation in workshops and exchanges
Strengthen women’s influence at the local and national level
- Support women’s participation in municipal councils to influence local policies
- Monitor the implementation of laws and policies that favor the cooperative sector and agriculture
Improve the effectiveness of farm cooperatives
- Prepare more young women for leadership roles in cooperatives
- Help develop, implement and monitor operational plans for cooperatives and cooperative unions