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Bamboo Forest Development in Nicaragua-ASU/Cornell



We are developing a bamboo reforestation program in Rosita, Nicaragua to provide locals with a sustainable raw material for affordable housing and a source of income for local farmers.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Nicaragua faces a severe affordable housing deficit of 500,000 homes, particularly in rural areas. 80% of the rural poor depend on agriculture for their livelihood, even though most of the land is marginally productive. 68% of the residents struggle to survive on approximately US$1 per day. In addition, Nicaragua faces problems relating to deforestation, such as fertile land loss due to topsoil erosion, increased flooding and mudslides, and a reduction in carbon sinks.

How will this project solve this problem?

Bamboo reforestation and harvesting will provide hardwood material for low-cost housing, a crop for domestic use and export, and increased income for local farmers. Bamboo also sequesters carbon from the atmosphere and leads to topsoil cohesion.

Potential Long Term Impact

Bamboo reforestation and harvesting will improve the availability of affordable housing, provide additional income for local farmers and protect the environment from erosion and natural disasters.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $545

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $545 .  The original project funding goal was $3,000.



Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Greg Yanke

Tempe, Arizona United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Bamboo Forest Development in Nicaragua-ASU/Cornell
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