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Nicaragua Adapta programme honey production

What We Do

Christian Aid in Nicaragua

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.

Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere after Haiti. It 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. These emergencies push back the country's economic development.

Christian Aid works in four countries in Central America – Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. We are working with around 30 partner organisations, from community-based groups to larger organisations operating across the region and beyond.

Our partners include indigenous communities, small farmers’ associations, development organisations, research institutions and faith-based organisations.

We have strong links with sister ecumenical agencies, Norwegian Church Aid, Lutheran World Federation, Bread for World, ICCO, Church of Sweden and work to seek new alliances with government ministries and agencies, and the private sector.

Our aims

  1. To help build a fair and equal society, free from violence, achieved through democratic and accountable institutions.
  2. To help communities be more economically resilient.
  3. To enable marginalised people, especially women and youth, to take advantage of development.
Nicaragua Adapta programme climate monitoring

Key achievements

Christian Aid works with 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.

Climate monitoring

Our partner Centro Humboldt develops works on climate monitoring across the country, strengthening local capacities to monitor the climate variability and promoting the climate monitoring network with small farmers, cooperatives and local organisations.

Farming cooperatives

Our partners Hibiscus Cooperative 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 diversifying to combat the impact of climate change on coffee plantations. Now the small farmers are introducing cocoa as part of an innovative initiative funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and Christian Aid.

Adapta resilience programme

We are working with the private sector and funders in Nicaragua to develop the Adapta programme, which is promoting climate resilience with cocoa and honey producers.

Mining

Partners, IEEP and Centro Humboldt, in alliance with grassroot organisations, gathered evidence to prove that tax evasion and privileges from mining companies have negative consequences on the national budget and government capacity in social investment.

Nicaragua Adapta programme cocoa beans

Cocoa production in Nicaragua, supported by our Adapta Nicaragua programme

Our programmes

UK aid

The UK government-funded Climate Change Adaptation programme , combining local and scientific knowledge to improve skills and capacity, is of huge importance to one of the world’s regions most at risk to natural disasters and climate change.

Gender-based violence

Our partners Puntos de Encuentro, IEEPP and Fundacion Luciernaga are implementing a joint three-year gender project in 11 provinces of Nicaragua. They aim to reduce violence against women by influencing public opinion and decision makers, promoting reflection on new masculinity models for gender equality among community leaders, men, youth and children in the communities, at schools and at home.

Reports and resources

Adapta annual review 2016-17

Proyecto Adapta is a four-year project supported by Ingemann, a Nicaraguan company of Danish origin, and co-developed with the Nicaraguan non-gover

The impact of World Bank and IMF conditionality - Nicaragua

Privatisation has increasingly become a condition of aid, new loans and debt relief. This report looks at the failure of that policy in Nicaragua.

Tipping the energy balance

This paper explores the nature and scope of energy financing in six key developing countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Kenya and Malawi.

Anticipating climate risks in Nicaragua - case study

Nicaragua is one of the countries in the Americas most vulnerable to climate change and significantly reliant on agriculture for employment and liv

Developing Climate Services

A report summarising our key experience across three countries – Kenya, India and Nicaragua.

Contact us

Christian Aid Central America is based in Nicaragua. We also draw on the expertise of colleagues from other Christian Aid teams across the Americas and the world, as well as INGO networks.

Nicaraguan Coffee Plantation

Nicaragua

Christian Aid Central America is based in Nicaragua. We also draw on the expertise of colleagues from other Christian Aid teams across the Americas.

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