Food Security and Care for the Environment
CEPAD works with small farmers to increase food production, improve economies, and protect natural resources through sustainable agriculture practices. We promote organic techniques and train producers with very small farms (usually less than five acres) to implement them. At least five farmers in each partner community are trained to make their own fertilizer, diversify crops, avoid chemical pesticides, and use water efficiently. Each farmer then teaches five more community members what they learned from CEPAD. In just three years, farmers transition from growing only staple crops like beans and corn to producing up to 25 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and wood trees.
In family gardens, women also receive seeds and training to grow small gardens in their patios to provide their families with nutritious fruits and vegetables to help fight poverty and hunger.
Read about how agriculture training improves the diet of rural Nicaraguans here.