Bamboo Forest Development in Nicaragua-ASU/Cornell

by Nourish International

Summary

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.
$3,000
total goal
$2,455
remaining
19
donors
0
monthly donors
5
years active

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.

Solution

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.

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.

Resources

Nourish International, project participant org.
CO2Bambu, program implementer

Organization Information

Nourish International

Location: Chapel Hill, NC - USA
Website: http:/​/​nourishinternational.org/​
Nourish International
Project Leader:
Greg Yanke
Tempe, Arizona United States

Funded Project!

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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