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One of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, Nicaragua’s economy is centred on agriculture – yet despite its fertile land the country is unable to feed itself and imports are high. Previous efforts to increase crop production have involved a high use of pesticides, leading to degraded environments and health issues.

Since 2005 Plantwise has been working to help Nicaragua feed itself, healthily and at a lower cost. We currently support 16 plant clinics in two regions, Occidente and Las Segovias, which operate once a week in public spaces. Farmers bring samples of diseased plants for diagnosis – most commonly banana, beans, peanuts, sesame and tomatoes – and the plant doctors recommend alternative treatments to pesticides. To reach more people, mobile plant clinics are being run alongside the regular clinics.

Knowledge Bank page for Nicaragua

Contact Plantwise

If you would like to discuss how you can get involved with Plantwise today.

plantwise@cabi.org
+44 (0)1491 832111