People Helped in 2017: 768
Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in South America, has been contending for decades with issues around access to basic sanitation, high rates of chronic child malnutrition, and its vulnerabilities to natural disasters. Action Against Hunger has been working in the country since 1996, setting up programs focused on food security, nutrition, health, water, and other basic services. We implement programs that recognize the importance of active participation of both the people we serve and of civil society in defining priorities and following through with action.
Most families in the communities where Action Against Hunger works depend on agriculture for their main source of income. The vulnerability of their productive resources due to scarce land mostly on dry hillsides together with the effects of climate change mean that harvests are dwindling, affecting both the nutritional status of these families and their possibilities of achieving an income by selling produce.
We are working alongside communities and local authorities to improve the provision and marketing of tourist attractions as an alternative socioeconomic development strategy to subsistence agriculture.