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Contextualizing family agriculture in Nicaragua.

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Contextualizing family agriculture in Nicaragua.

  1. 1. Contextualizing family agriculture in Nicaragua preliminary results on a cross-CRP collaboration La Panamericana
  2. 2. La Panamericana in a nutshell Cross-CGIAR: centers & CRP Small funding = flexibility & 6 months Aiming at: - Improving the local capacity to analyze family agriculture in Nicaragua - Contextualizing the dynamics and diversity of family agriculture Approach: systems + local partners + data
  3. 3. Planned major activities 1. Learning with partners the adoption and dynamics of family agriculture: cases in Nicaragua 2. Building capacity of local orgs. on monitoring, evaluation & strategies: Information Systems 3. Informing better on diversity of family faming and entry points: sub-humid tropics in NI, SV & HN 4. Contextualizing better the dynamics of maize and livestock production in Central America
  4. 4. 1. Dynamics of family agriculture NI Objective: to learn with local organizations changes in key indicators of targeted populations
  5. 5. 2. Capacity building on IS Objective: to improve the capacity of local organization to design and use IS for M&E 30 people 10 organizations 2 days course Reference guide December Topics: Indicators Sampling Data analysis
  6. 6. 3. Diversity of farming (sub-humid) Objective: to better inform on the diversity of family agriculture in the sub-humid region • Focus: self-sufficiency & income • 5 sites • 4 local organizations • 800 farmers • Short survey (~40min) • Workshops on data • Leaflets to farmers
  7. 7. 3. Diversity: some results
  8. 8. 3. Diversity: some results Based on farm size, four classes of farm can be identified Farm size groups No. households % 1<= 2.5 mz Very small 41 26% 2<= 5 mz Small 44 28% 3<=10 mz Medium 32 20% 4> 10 Large 40 26%
  9. 9. 3. Diversity: some results 100% 75% 50% 25% 0% Future strategies Vender mano de obra Migrar 1 2 3 4 Farm size group Migration & selling family labour would be more common for households with very small and small farms
  10. 10. 4. Dynamics maize & livestock CAC Objective: to better contextualize maize & livestock production
  11. 11. Lessons learnt (pers.) • Capacity building is strongly needed • Information needs to have a stronger role among partners • Results & efficiency are key, but also process • Cross-CGIAR & collaboration with partners needs less bureaucracy
  12. 12. Next steps • Building a IS to improve & monitor agro-ecology in family agriculture (discussion with SIMAS) • Linking livelihoods & landscape restoration (planned WLE & Humitropics 2015) • Improving food & farming systems, nutrition & health in rural Mesoamerica (proposal CIMMYT + ILRI, CIAT & Bioversity) • Analysis of secondary data + contextualization (in discussion MAIZE)
  13. 13. Major challenges 1. Restoration & livelihoods; big or small famers 2. Increasing deagrarianization of rural landscapes 3. Working closely with partners & politics

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