2020-21: Donation: $100,000
Donations to Date: $250,000
Agros works to break the cycle of poverty for farming families in rural Latin America. Our donations allow Agros to expand their agribusiness center in Nicaragua and help hundreds of farmers reduce their water and chemical use, improve soil conditions, help with the reforestation effort, protect water recharge zones, and stabilize their incomes.
Why They're Climate Smart
Current farming methods produce a third of all greenhouse emissions worldwide — but they don't meet the world's growing demand for food and don't generate enough income for those growing the food.
Agros believes that there is a solution: land ownership, market-led agriculture, financial empowerment, and sustainable climate-smart farming practices.
At their agribusiness center In Nicaragua, Agros teaches farming families how to use hydroponics, vermicomposting, and reforestation techniques to not only increase their yields, produce healthier food and generate more income, but also reduce their impact on the environment.
Why They Receive Our Continued Support
The initial results from the first phase of the agribusiness center were outstanding. Agros established a vermicompost production and training facility (which has reduced the use of chemical-based fertilizers by 40 percent), created a nursery, produced 41,000 seedlings, built a water irrigation system, and installed a hydroponic module.
Now, Agros will use our donation to teach farmers the technical skills required to ensure the programs are maintained. In the villages of San José, Nueva San José´ and La Bendició́n, Agros will adjust the newly installed community hydroponic modules to make them more efficient. And, thanks to the early success of the project, they'll install smaller, family-oriented hydroponic modules at the farms that request them — creating highly productive areas of land, reducing pests, and giving women the opportunity to diversify their household income by selling surplus produce to other community members.