The UN estimates that 9 million more people in Latin America will fall into poverty this year, bringing the total number of poor in the region to 189 million. The situation for Indigenous women on the hurricane-prone North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua is worsening as they struggle to feed their families in the wake of Hurricane Ida, which destroyed a majority of the rice crop. Only 3 out of 438 families in the Kisalaya community along the Coco River were able to harvest their crops this year.
MADRE is supporting Indigenous women in securing access to food and seeds to plant new crops, as well as continuing to train women in small-scale organic farming methods and sustainable livestock management.
Women are able to ensure access to a secure food supply, boost economic self-sufficiency by generating much-needed income for their families and share sustainable agriculture techniques in other communities.