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Equator Initiative Case Study - Farmer-to-Farmer Program (PCAC), Siuna

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The Farmer-to-Farmer Program (Programa de Campesino a Campesino - PCaC) has operated throughout Nicaragua since the post-war period of the early 1990s, as part of the worldwide Via Campesina movement which advocates for food sovereignty, agrarian reform, and democratic governance of food production systems.
The Farmer-to-Farmer Program in the northern municipality of Siuna is one of sixty-five such programs in Nicaragua which provide technical assistance to small-scale agricultural producers. The network began its work in 1992 with the goal of controlling the rapidly expanding agricultural frontier within the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, while aiming to enhance food security, increase household incomes, and strengthen regional governance throughout Nicaragua’s newly designated North Atlantic Autonomous Region. Three hundred volunteer extension officers work in over 80 communities and serve more than 3,000 subsistence farming families. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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