Farmer to Farmer: Nicaragua began in 2002 with a shared vision to empower landless farmers in the rural areas of Nicaragua. To date, this partnership has included over 110 farmers operating on seven land banks. Five landbanks and over 70 farm families have graduated from the program. They have also improved their businesses through training; sustainable farming; and access to capital to purchase seed, equipment, and property. Since 2002, North American partners with experience in agricultural production have offered mentoring and encouragement in their shared language—a mutual love for the land.
From the beginning the “heart” of the program was to provide the landless farmer with the opportunity to purchase land through the Land Ownership for Landless Farmers Program. It began when missionaries working with Nicaraguan Local Community Organizations (LCIs) identified the need of landless farmers to have their own land. Out of these partnerships came the conception of Farmer to Farmer: Nicaragua: Giving hope by partnering together to help alleviate poverty!!
Throughout the years it became evident that development of rural businesses was needed to improve the profitability of the farmers. Farmer to Farmer has financed several small business enterprises with our LCI partners as well as some landbank farmers. In 2019 Farmer to Farmer established the Value Chain Development Program. The purpose of this fund is to invest in for-profit enterprises to build up the agricultural support industry around the farms and also to return some interest to Farmer to Farmer to offset operational costs and promote long-term sustainability of the program.
Today even as we to strive towards the alleviation of poverty; it’s awesome to be able to “look back” and know that this was God’s vision because it is way bigger than ours. When we see an end, God continues to grow His vision and break us out of our limited “human boxes”. All we need to do is be available to Him and move forward in faith. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
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