Nicaragua: Learning new farming techniques
In the department of Jinotega in Nicaragua, Oxfam partner FEMUPROCAN is supporting women farmers' experimentation with new farming techniques and crops such as cocoa, grapes, cardamon and medicinal plants. All of these crops are grown organically with technical assistance provided by a network of ecological promoters. The promoters also encourage crop diversification. Exchanges have been organized among the women so they can share their experiences.
One woman reported, "I spend less on inputs, I have less debt and the produce is healthier. It just takes more work."
The federation is also providing assistance to 30 coffee growers who are in the process of obtaining certification as organic producers and promoting collective marketing to help small farmers share costs and get a better price for their crops.