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Food Security & Agroecology

 

The population of the Bluefields region in Nicaragua is particularly affected by malnutrition due to poverty and lack of dietary diversity. The "Food Security and Agroecology" program aims to help communities adapt to their environment and the consequences of climate change to meet their basic needs with the objective  of ensuring that families have sufficient, varied, and good quality food by disseminating agroecological and permaculture practices.

Technology & Training We Implement 

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Nutrition Workshops

Nutrition workshops provide training on which foods to eat and grow for better health. 

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Ergonomic Garden Tools

Garden tools specifically designed for women, the elderly, and disabled folks to increase their capacity to establish and maintain their home garden beds. 

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Model Families 

Model families and women-heads-of-household become trained in food security and agroecological practices. They disseminate good practices to the community.

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Efficient Cookstoves

Efficient cookstoves reduce have a cleaner burning process and thus decrease indoor air pollution and associated acute respiratory infections in women and children, while also reducing the cost of fuel. 

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Biointensive Garden & Methods

Beneficiaries are trained in nutrition, healthy cooking, and the "BIOINTENSIVE GROWING" method and are supported in the creation and maintenance of their biointensive home gardens.

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Seed Conservation

Seed conservation is critical in preparing for and adapting to the new climate reality, where soil regeneration is necessary to sustain plant like and traditional practices. 

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Caribbean Garden

Small-scale organic production in households, communities, schools and churches based on and permaculture principles, inputs, plants and traditional knowledge adapted to the coastal reality.

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Noda Model Center

Training workshops on the biointensive method are organized at the blueEnergy Noda Model Center, recognized as a "Center for Biointensive Agriculture" official place of learning and dissemination of the method at the regional and national levels. 

Project Highlights & Document Library

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Green Islands:
Good living, Good Life

Learn more about a community mobilization project on Corn Islands, Nicaragua in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank

Webpage

Spanish 

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Rama Agricultural Practices

Compilation of the main agricultural and fishing practices of the Rama and Kriol indigenous people, a document that catalogues knowledge and traditions.

PDF

Spanish 

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Programa de Desarrollo Comunitario

Community tool to manage development actions in the municipality of Corn Island, in the area of wetland and ecosystem conservation.

PDF 

Spanish 

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Families Prepared for Climate Change 

Learn about our multi-year effort to empower healthy families and resilient communities in the face of a changing climate.

Webpage

Spanish 

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Biointensive Methods

Learn about the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method, founded by our friends and partners at Ecology Action, and its relationship to climate change. 

PDF

English

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Local Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change

Community document created through participatory methodologies, a tool for community management and action development.

PDF

Spanish 

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Preserving Our Traditional Seeds and Plants

Practical document based on seed conservation practices of the Rama people of the Southern Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua.

PDF

Spanish 

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Caribbean Garden 

Learn about our multi-year effort to develop gardens designed and adapted specifically for local conditions in Nicaragua.

PDF

Spanish 

History of the program

2014 - Present

Increasing hurricanes and tropical storms are contributing to the loss of seeds and traditional ecological and agricultural  practices throughout the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua.  While working in the Rama Territory with Rama leaders, longtime blueEnergy partner Martina Luger led the development of blueEnergy’s food security program in 2014. Working from the local university BICU, she set up a master’s degree in adaptation to climate change and set the stage for the workshops and training blueEnergy employs today. This program has  developed in partnership with local institutions (municipal and regional authorities), regional universities (URACCAN and BICU), and RedBioNica Nicaraguan network of biointensive producers), as well as the Wawashang Agroforestry Center (CETAA).

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