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Conservation Agriculture Easier on Aging Farmers

June 10, 2022

Joseph joined a Farmer Field School despite other men saying it was “a waste of time.” He ended up mulching a small piece of land just to please the staff. And then … “I never at all believed in this,” he admits, but his mulched maize remained green even when the rains stopped. When he […]

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Old Farming Practices Make Way for the New

April 13, 2022

Douglas, a farmer with a carpentry business and a young family, speaks with great love of how his parents involved him in farming from a very young age. “They taught me to work the land in the way they knew,” he says. “Today, though, I know that some of those conventional farming practices caused a […]

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Beyond Traditional Farming

March 1, 2022

José, 24, will tell you that the old saying, “First impressions are lasting impressions,” is untrue, at least in his case. The first meeting he attended with local partner ACJ about sustainable farming seemed like a waste of time, and he walked out. “I thought there was nothing important to learn,” he recalls with a […]

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Emergency Inputs and Training Got Them Through

February 3, 2022

Domingo expressed his gratitude for the emergency inputs and training support he received as a drought devastated the July-November 2021 planting cycle, adding, “We really needed it.” At 63, Domingo knows well the ups and downs of farming, having worked in agriculture since he began herding cattle at age 7. Even so, the drought that […]

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Life is Better in So Many Ways

January 12, 2022

Now that they have a tank to store rainwater in, Maribel and her family are no longer completely limited to producing food in the unpredictable rainy season. She says, “Through training activities with [local partner] CIEETS, we can now grow and harvest more because we’ve learned about farming with irrigation. Since what we grow is […]

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Adopting All the Skills

January 7, 2022

You’d have to search far and wide before finding a more determined farmer than Lucy. Since joining her village’s Farmer Field School, she has started implementing all the new practices she’s been exposed to thus far. These include establishing a multi-story kitchen garden, building a large outdoor dish rack to improve household sanitation, erecting a […]

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Restoring the Soil, Improving Farming

December 8, 2021

When technicians from local partner Caritas Estelí first presented soil restoration as a means of improving resilience to worsening weather patterns, Doña Emma says she and the 40 other farmers at the meeting could immediately see it was “a beautiful way to recover from the hurricanes” that had recently affected them. As with most of […]

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Shocked By Her Own Success

June 28, 2021

In 2019, after years of poor farming results, Saweria experienced a complete crop failure because of a severe drought. In order to feed her three children, she says she resorted to stealing forest firewood to sell, risking hyena attacks and government sanctions.  Less than a year into the start of this new program, she was […]

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Designing a Better Farm

March 29, 2021

Despite the disruption of the pandemic, recent hurricanes, and the loss of the first bean crop to excessive rains, not all the news has been bad. Coffee prices have been favorable and the conditions are looking good so far for the second planting of beans. And Rufino is feeling very optimistic after totally revamping his […]

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Working, Saving and Setting Goals as a Family

“People like us don’t save money because we have no money to save.” This was the first reaction that many people in the community had at the suggestion that a group of women join together to organize a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA). That’s definitely what Martha thought. Her husband, Denis, was involved in […]

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