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Agros International

2021-22: Donation: $119,000
Donations to Date: $369,000

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

Their results are outstanding. Over the past two years, Agros has transformed their model, incorporating new performance indicators and key data to track the effectiveness of their climate-smart model, developed a vermicompost production and training facility (which has reduced the use of chemical-based fertilizers by 40 percent), created a nursery, produced over 41,000 seedlings, built a water irrigation system, and installed community hydroponic modules and family-oriented greenhouses. As a result, they created highly productive areas of land, reduced pests, and gave women the opportunity to diversify their household income by selling surplus produce to other community members.

Now, Agros will use our donation to finish their work and create three climate smart villages: San Jos(é,Nueva San José) ́ and La Bendició ́n. In this step, Agros will adjust the newly installed community hydroponic modules to make them more efficient, ensure their harvest collection centers are certified, and install ecological latrines, showers, stoves, and water filters, saving over 1.6 million gallons of water and 90,000 kg of wood per year. In addition, Agros will reforest over 47 acres of land, certify all of the plantations with the Rainforest Alliance, and register 226 acres of forest under a sustainable forest management program.

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