Rooting Farmers in Fertile SOIL One Country at a Time
Pilot Project - NICARAGUA
Homegrown is looking at developing their first Pilot Land Bank! Check out the video below to find out more about the Farmer Benefits. More information will become available as details are developed. All we can say is that it looks like we'll be growing our roots a little deeper into the Nicaraguan Soil! Remember to keep an eye on our Facebook Page to get regular updates!
The name Nicaragua is based off the chief "Nicarao" who the Spanish colonists met when they first settled the area
125th Country on the Human Development Index
Agriculture represents 60% of the country's exports
Yet in the highly impoverished areas almost 30% of children suffer from chronic malnutrition
Nearly 70% of the population is classified as poor based on lack of access to living essentials
Almost one fifth of the country are designated as protected areas and only 7 of the 50 volcanoes are considered active
Granada, a popular tourist city, is the oldest colonial city in the Americas
INVEST IN NICARAGUA
What's the Situation?
Nicaragua has one of the lowest minimum wages in the Americas. As well permanent employment is rare and workers have to follow crop harvests. Therefore land ownership is directly linked to wealth & prosperity in Nicaragua. It has experienced peaceful growth as a country for some time, but earthquakes, droughts, and other natural disasters have hindered the country. As well the long held farming traditions are being hurt by the constant changes caused by Global Warming. The dry and rainy season which used to be as predictable as the rising sun are becoming sporadic and have changed the farming industry for the worse. The larger corporations with resources and access to international information are much better at adapting than small rural farms that cannot simply check upcoming weather patterns on the internet or get access to more drought resistant seeds.
How is Homegrown helping?
In Nicaragua, we will work with impoverished farmers and get them the land that they need to support their families. As well we will pair their farming knowledge with access to international information networks. This will allow them to better weather the literal and figurative storms that face a Central American farmer.
What Can You Do?
By investing in a Land Bank in Guatemala, you will help a rural farmer gain solid footing and fair wages which will help them grow out of the poverty cycle. It's all about planting that first seed.