The majority of the rural population of Nicaragua lives in poverty. The climate crisis makes their precarious situation even worse.

The challenges for smallholder families in Nicaragua are manifold. SWISSAID works closely with civil society organisations to support them. Access to seeds and water is crucial. We are building up knowledge and resources in the area in order to empower young people and women, underpin agroecological farming and enable people to adapt to climate change.


In the country since:
Matagalpa, Región Autónoma de la Costa Caribe Norte
Rank in the Human Development Index:
126 out of 191
Current Projects:
Annual budget:
786'196 CHF


  • Secure food and better incomes for smallholder farming families through the introduction of agroecological farming methods, increased agricultural production and the processing and marketing of produce.
  • Improved access to local seeds, water, knowledge and land.
  • Strengthening the resilience of the population through improved disaster risk management and measures to adapt to climate change.
  • Promoting the capacity of young people and women to participate in socio-economic processes and exercise their rights.
  • Emergency aid in the event of natural disasters and extreme weather events such as droughts and floods.

The Nicaragua country program is co-financed by the SDC program contribution.