Agroforestry


Discurso Ray Hooker en el lanzamiento del Proyecto QTECC

Palabras de Ray Hooker Taylor, Presidente de FADCANIC
En el Lanzamiento del Proyecto Educación Técnica de Calidad en la Costa Caribe de Nicaragua

7 de marzo de 2016, Hotel Intercontinental Metrocentro Managua

Excelentísima Embajadora de los Estados Unidos Señora Laura Dogu,

Licenciado Manfred Gunkel, Gerente General de Ritter Sport,

Licenciado Dayton Caldera, Gerente General de NIMAC,

Agenda de Innovacion

 La Fundación para la Autonomía y el Desarrollo de la Costa Atlántica de Nicaragua, FADCANIC, a través de su programa Agenda para la Innovación, como parte del proceso de acompañar a la población multiétnica de la Costa Caribe Nicaragüense, ha promoviendo la Implementación y ejecución del proyecto durante los dos últimos año en seis municipios de la

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66 new students pass the 2015 leveling courses at FADCANIC’s Center for Environmental and Agroforestry Education in Wawashang

Mike Stiven Antonio, 17, was born in the indigenous Miskitu community of Arena Blanca, near the Rio Coco. He now lives in Corn Island with his mother and a brother who is a police officer but his ambition, he said, is to become a carpenter and set up a wood shop where he can provide jobs and teach other youth back in his native Arena Blanca. “I have to teach the kids because half the community is my family,” said Mike.

USAID´s Elizabeth Hogan: “I saw intelligent and capable students.”

Monday October 6, the students of FADCANIC´s Environmental and Agroforestry Education Centre (CEAA) in Wawashang received the visit of USAID Office for Latin American and the Caribbean Chief Elizabeth Hogan, USAID Nicaragua Director Arthur Brown, USAID Nicaragua Desk Officer Deidra Winston, and USAID Nicaragua Education and Citizen Security Officer Alicia Slate.

Río Escondido Farmer’s Market in Bluefields

Men and women from hamlets on the Escondido River who are well-integrated into a community organization are now offering a large variety of fresh produce at affordable prices at a farmer’s market which is held twice a month in the municipal seat of Bluefields.

The farmers’ organization was established in 2010 as a joint endeavor between FADCANIC and the Bluefields Indian & Caribbean University (BICU). The initial training involved a group of 20 producers from various agricultural communities.
In October 2011, FADCANIC and BICU got the permits from the municipal authorities which made it possible to set up the first market. Twelve farmers —seven men and five women—participated with a diversity of products ranging from herbs and spices to dairy and meats.

A long-time ambition of many producers and being very well received by consumers in Bluefields, the Escondido farmer’s market consolidated quickly. Since 2011, the fairs are held every fifteen days on Mondays from 5:30 a.m. to 12 at noon.
In December, the Farmer’s Market is held on a weekly basis and with the same hours.

Products are retailed directly to the consumer. And there is an every larger variety of products. Besides the spices, meats and cheese, the farmer’s also offer fresh fruit drinks and savory cooked staples such as dumpling soups, vaho (a traditional stew), and roasts.

After two years working together, the farmers group remains highly enthusiastic and lists the following key achievements:

  • Naming the ¨Mercadito Campesino Rio Escondido.¨
  • Growth in the number of participants who have incorporated a duly established community organization with a registered membership of 17 famers.
  • Better opportunities to provide for the education, health, and nutrition of their families.
  • Up to 20% increased profits on the sale of their produce.
  • Fair trade by offering their products directly to the consumer.
  • New knowledge and skills.
  • Opening a small saving account at BANPRO with contributions from all the members of the group.
  • Market opportunity and stability.

 

Text and photo by José Montoya, Credit Agent of the Innovation Program in the Rio Escondido Area of the Municipality of Bluefields. The Innovation Program is a joint FADCANIC and ADDAC initiative which is funded by the Government of Norway. For more information about the Innovation Program, please contact FADCANIC Agroforestry, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development Program Coordinator Susanne Thienhaus – sthienhaus@fadcanic.org.ni

Save Nicaraguan Baby Tapirs from Becoming Somebody’s Pet

Known as ‘mountain cows’ on Caribbean Nicaragua, Baird’s Tapirs (Tapirus bairdii) are the largest land animal from Mexico to northern South America. Tapirs are herbivores. They weigh an average 600 pounds as adults and until very recently were thought to be extinct on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua.

However, research by Gerald Urquhart and Christopher Jordan of Michigan State University and Kirkman Roe Hulse of URACCAN University has revealed that there is a small but thriving population of Baird's Tapirs in our region.

FADCANIC’s Kahka Creek Nature Reserve in Wawashang is one of the key focal areas where this research is being done using camera traps to take photos of animals in the wild and so last year the Reserve joined hands with Christopher Jordan and the Foundation Friends of Nicaraguan National Zoo to establish a rescue center for tapirs recovered from the illegal trade of baby tapirs as pets which is a serious threat to wild tapirs in the country.

In March this year, the Nicaraguan Army confiscated and handed over the first juvenile tapir to the care of the Kahka Creek community forest rangers. Over the past months, Batata, as the young tapir was named, has recovered quite nicely from the malnourished and parasite-infestation state with which she first arrived in Kahka Creek.

But now she is also getting to the age where she needs more space to roam while still being protected from predators and hunters. So Chris Jordan and other conservationists collaborating with the tapir protection project launched a drive this September to raise funds to build an enclosure on Kahka Creek where Batata can live her life in safety with other tapirs that will be brought over from the National Zoo. The zoo is located near Managua and it doesn’t really offer the best habitat for mountain cows.

The fundraising campaign is seeking $10,000 to buy enough fencing materials and pay local carpenters to build the enclosure and officially open the rescue center. The campaign is running online on Indiegogo where you can contribute anywhere from $5 to $3,000 dollars for perks ranging from getting photo updates of tapirs at the shelter to private tours to Kahka Creek Reserve and the National Zoo, as well as the privilege of naming a rescued, newborn or GPS-collared tapir that is part of the ongoing research on tapirs in the wild.

This research, by the way, has an educational component which includes developing a storybook, memory cards, a trivia game, general information fact sheets about tapirs and teacher training on how to use these resources with their students.

Among the contribution options perks, you may also choose to have a backpack with the logo of the Tapir Rescue Center donated in your name to an impoverished elementary school student living in Wawashang Reserve. Follow this link http://igg.me/at/NicaraguaTapir/x/3348715 to get more details about the campaign and donate. Also do help us spread the word so that we can keep adding to the over $3,000 raised so far. This campaign will receive all funds raised by November 15, 2013 even if it does not reach its goal of US$10,000.

Visit of the Board of the Cédric Martin Foundation

February 11 through 15, three members of the board of directors of the Cédric Martin Foundation--Jacques Martin, François Veillon and Fabrice Stobino-- came on a visit to the South Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. The Cédric Martin Foundation, a Swiss foundation, promotes the access to quality water and safe sanitation in different parts of the world such as India, Romania, Armenia, Nepal and Nicaragua.

Wawashang: Boletín Informativo1

En noviembre del 2012, el personal técnico Programa Innovación se reunió en el Centro de Desarrollo Agroforestal en Wawashang para fortalecer sus capacidades en el ámbito de la comunicación popular.

Inauguration of the CEAA’s Técnico Medio Degree

02/20/2013
02/22/2013
America/El Salvador

February 20 through 22, Minister Counselor Ole Øveraas from the Embassy of Norway, and Kjersti Koffeld, from the Norwegian Student’s and Academic’s International Assistance Fund (SAIH) are visiting project sites in Wawashang and Pearl Lagoon.

Training Workshop: Oven Construction for Cocoa Drying

02/18/2013
03/04/2013
America/El Salvador

The Training Workshop on Oven Construction for Cocoa Drying is organized by FADCANIC’s Innovation Program in the RAAS.

The workshop will take place February 18 through March 4, at the Wawashang Agroforestry Center. It is sponsored by the Embassy of Norway and with funds generated by the Agro Forestry Centre.

Participants include 10 members of the community of Pueblo Nuevo, especially young people, and cocoa producers from El Rama, Bluefields, Kukra Hill and Pearl Lagoon. The facilitators of the training are:

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