Food Production Program (Zero Hunger)

About the program

The program delivers a Food Production Package (BPA) in order to strengthen food subsistence production in rural Nicaraguan families. It also sells their surplus in the domestic market and encourages agribusiness production chains, in order to give added value to goods produced or reproduced within the production units.

Country Nicaragua
Home 2007
Classification Technical Assistance, Development of production chains, Financing and credit, Insumos productivos
FNS Dimension Disponibilidad
Website http://www.economiafamiliar.gob.ni/
Objectives

The program is designed for safeguarding and recovery of traditional knowledge, self-esteem and food sovereignty. (Ministry of Family Economics, Communitarian, Cooperative and Associative)

Objective

Strengthen subsistence food production in Nicaraguan rural families through the delivery of a Food Production Package (BPA).

In a second stage, it sells their surplus in the domestic market and at the same time encourages chains related to agribusiness production, in order to give added value to goods produced or reproduced within the production units (sausages, jellies, etc.), all this with a new vision for saving  and efficient use of revolving funds.

Its implementation strategy, which involves the production of plant species and reproduction of animal species, consists of three stages:

  1. Delivery of plant and animal goods accompanied by technical training to make a better use of assets with training on topics such as self-esteem, health and gender equality for new actors in the program, reaffirming their role as producers from housewives.
  2. Formation of beneficiary units, the alliance of these women provides opportunities to access credit, technical training and financial training
  3. Creating business plans organized by units, these two negotiating initiatives are worked in consensus with the new actors and are in line with the realities and specificities of each unit.
Components and/or products

The main components of the program are:

  • Inputs: Through the Food Production Package (BPA). There are three types of grants: Settlement Bonus; Traditional Grant; Backyard Grant. Each grant delivers, according to the size of land, animals, animal feed, seeds, building materials and tools.
  • Agro-Food Program for Certified Seeds (PASC)
  • Inputs, technical assistance and training: technical training to make better use of assets with training on topics related to self-esteem, health and gender equality for new actors in the program, reaffirming women’s role as producers and not only housewives.
  • Access to financing and credit.
  • Development of productive chains: Creating business plans for the organized units, these business initiatives are created through consensus with the actors and are in line with the realities and specificities of the units. Commercialize the surplus in the domestic market, while encouraging agribusiness production chains, in order to give added value to goods produced or reproduced in production units (sausages, jellies, etc.).
Target population

The target population consists of women of any age range with 1 to 10 acres of land in rural or semi-rural areas.

For better use and greater impact, the Food Production Program consists of a wide-range of options according to the capabilities of each family, taking into consideration the physical and climatic conditions of each region and the ability of each family, related to size and conditions of soil, climate and water in the plot or yard that is owned by the family:

  1. Rural families with land from 1-10 acres, which has cows as its main asset.
  2. Families with less than one acre, which mainly has areas for poultry, poultry feed, vegetative material and tools.
  3. Families in urban areas with large backyards of at least ¼ of an acre, which has a small pig, poultry, food for swine or poultry and building materials.
Scope

Nacional

Geographical coverage Urbano y rural
Beneficiaries

For 2013, the Food Production Program, through the Ministry of Family Economics, is scheduled to capitalize 25,000 families by providing the Food Production Package in the departments of Boaco, Alto Coco, Carazo, Chinandega, Chontales, Estelí, Granada, Jinotega, Leon, Madriz, Managua, Masaya, Matagalpa, Minas, Nueva Segovia, RAAN, RAAS, Rio San Juan, Rivas and Zelaya.

Responsible organism

Ministerio de Economía Familiar, Comunitaria, Cooperativa y Asociativa

Executing organism Ministerio de Economía Familiar, Comunitaria, Cooperativa y Asociativa
Related national policies

National Human Development Plan

Financial sources

The Program since its creation in 2007 has had different funding sources, both internal and external: Treasury, FONDEAGRO, IFAD, IDB, FAO, Austria, China Taiwan and ALBA.