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Christian Aid in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere after Haiti. The country is regularly hit by natural disasters including hurricanes and tropical storms that sweep across the Atlantic each year.

These emergencies push back the country's economic development.

Climate change

Nicaragua is one of the three countries in the world worst affected by weather catastrophes, and the UN has warned that storms here will only get worse.

Economic justice

In Nicaragua, the poorest country in Latin America, 80% of urban jobs are in small or micro-companies, and 90% of rural businesses are linked to small, family-run farms.

One of the biggest challenges for small producers is being able to reach a market where they can sell their products. With limited access to transport, little bargaining power and no marketing or sales expertise, many struggle to earn a living.

We work with our partners to help people prepare for the effects of climate change and give them the skills to obtain the best price for the products they grow.

Our partner MCM helps vulnerable communities prepare to face the annual storm season – and the floods that come with it – by finding ways to protect their homes, families and food supplies.

Our partners Nochari and Soppexcca help hibiscus, coffee and cocoa producers to organise themselves into cooperatives and provides training that helps them improve production, marketing and sales skills so they can reach new customers and earn a better living.

The farming cooperatives supported by Soppexcca are now earning more for their coffee and exporting coffee in the Fairtrade market.

Further content

More on Central America

Central America Strategy 2013-2018: English (PDF, 0.1mb) | Spanish (PDF, 0.5mb)

Latin America and the Caribbean strategy English (PDF, 1.7mb) | Spanish (1.7mb)

Tax to help the poor: English (PDF, 0.1mb) | Spanish (PDF, 0.2mb)

Tackling violence, building peace: English (PDF, 0.3mb) | Spanish (PDF, 0.3mb)

Fair shares in a constrained world: English (PDF, 0.1mb) | Spanish (PDF, 0.2mb)