Agroforestry Center Wawashang
One of the most important achievements was the construction program of the Center for Agroforestry Development Wawashang, which is located in Wawashang Nature Reserve in the municipality of Pearl Lagoon.
The establishment of Agroforestry Center aims to provide services to the communities of the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS) in developing their capacity in sustainable management of natural resources and improve the quality of life through areas of experimentation, production of high quality seeds, genetic collection, conservation and scientific research and to develop training facilities and accommodation for groups.
Strategic goals of sustainable agroforestry center
1. Having a site for conservation and multiplication of germplasm demand and supply of genetic material to the producers of the RAAS and other regions of the humid tropics.
2. Providing the conditions for carrying out a process of theoretical learning - practical, learn from each other: the communities of central and central communities. Through training, exchange of experience, field trips.
3. Provide suitable facilities for the creation of a School of Environmental and Agroforestry Education in coordination with INATEC.
4. Create a space for self-realization for women in the community, in seeking productive models that allow their access to economic resources and social services.
5. Systematize and publish the experiences, knowledge and research results to contribute to behavioral changes for the wise use and conservation of tropical rain forest.
Sustainable Agroforestry Development Center has an area of 260 ha, with different genebanks. These include: COCO with 19 ha, with 6 ha COCOA, PEJIBAYE 6HA and Fruit with Different, besides having a regenerating forest of 60 ha.
The ability of Quality Seed Production Center has a projection for 2007 of 66,000 units Seeds Coco 100,000 units Cocoa Seed 899.755, 100,000 units Pejibaye Seed, among others.
The goal of this component is to reduce poverty through loans for production and marketing through self-management by the beneficiaries as in the context of land management plans.
Since the Phase I Project (1999-2004), the Credit program continues to generate positive impacts on the socio-economic, environmental and productive with center-producing family. The loan portfolio in Phase II of the project was substantially increased by improving the income levels of 1.640 beneficiaries.
How is it organized?
1. It has credit committee with community leadership, municipal and Regional.
2. Finance productive activities environmentally friendly.
3. There are 1, 640 beneficiaries of credits, where 39% are women.
4. Work with a credit Operations Manual which was approved by the beneficiaries.
5. Design of computerized system of Credit Program.
6. Efficiency 92.30% recovery.
Activities funded marketing
Processing and marketing of milk in the form of cheese and cream.
Rural general stores.
Marketing of pigs and chickens.
Marketing of staple grains.
Activities funded production
Small animals: pigs, chickens, pelibuey.
1. Basic grains.
3. Roots and Tubers.
4. Viveros, vegetables.
Since the Phase I Project (1999-2004), the Credit program continues to generate positive impacts on the socio-economic, environmental and productive with center-producing family. The loan portfolio in Phase II of the project was substantially increased by improving the income levels of 1.640 beneficiaries. In 2006 credit was awarded to 391 producers (as) to the amount of C $ 1, 258,850.00 córdobas in production item and seven (7) producers (as) in the amount of C $ 40,200.00 córdobas under the heading of marketing. The total awarded during this period is C $ 1,299,050.00 cordobas.
In 2006 training was provided to the Coordinator of Credit Program Management Accounting Credit System and from November 2006 are proof of credit accounts in the office of El Rama. He received the new system to be developed in a workshop for the operation and management of the database. Also, in 2006 was designed in Managua Accounting System for the controls of the credit portfolio, which is already operating in El Rama.
Agendas local environmental component is the organized expression of communities to conserve and sustainably use their environment through land use planning at micro level, emphasizing the benefits of natural resources through environmental services.
In Phase II is beginning the process of land use of 80 watersheds in the same number of communities. 160 workshops were conducted with the participation of 2.290 men and women.