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.
But 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.
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.
What you can do
• Help us continue our support of partners in Nicaragua by donating.
• Take action to help eradicate poverty and injustice across the world.
• Climate change in Nicaragua - one farmer tells us about the impact.
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