As successful and productive, the XXII Meeting of the Cluster “Food Security and Income in the north of Nicaragua”, which was headquartered at the facilities of INPRHU – Somoto, in Sabana Grande – Totogalpa under the theme of: “Innovative ventures and the sustainability with young people ”.

During the meeting, the Cluster partners had the opportunity to learn more about the work that the organization has been developing for 30 years in our country. They shared that, in this period, they have executed 840 social projects, in conjunction with NGOs and government agencies to improve the quality of life of 6,000 families and 52,900 children. In turn, they have provided technical training to 2,800 young people, financing and accompaniment to 315 youth micro-companies.

During the morning, youth, producers and entrepreneurs, held a fair, in which they presented a variety of products, such as: fresh vegetables, derived from honey (soaps, gel alcohol, candles, etc.), coffee, minor cattle, among others; as well as the different projects that are being developed on topics such as health, education and climate change.

Currently, INPRHU – Somoto executes 3 programs, which are: PRONISAC (childhood and community health), PEAR (Rural alternative education) and PRODER (Rural development program). In their presentations, they shared about the “ProFuturo” Digital Education Project, which aims to facilitate children’s access to innovative methodologies and provide teaching tools for teachers to develop generic skills. They also showed some ICTs that entrepreneurs have at their disposal, to approach the public, offer and sell their products.

Then, the participants made a tour of the different areas that make up the biointensive, in which, through observation, they learned about the principles that make up this method and that are implemented, in order to promote agroecology, diversification of crops, the rescue of native seeds and adequate nutrition for families. At the end of the first day, a presentation was made on the experience of Canadian volunteers, through research they have been conducting since 2017, on Climate Change and Food Security in northern Nicaragua.

The second day began with a presentation by the National Union of Farmers and Ranchers of Nicaragua (UNAG), regarding the main results obtained through its Database, on topics such as gender, diversification, land tenure; main problems and actions taken by producers to face them. For its part, the Tropical Agriculture and Teaching Center (CATIE), presented progress on its Water Harvest project, which aims to influence the Food Security and Income of 2,500 families; as well as, the Management of the Water Resource, to promote, a climate-smart agriculture.

Finally, in working groups, the participants discussed, commented and made contributions to the Logical Framework of the new 2021-2024 Program of INTERTEAM and COMUNDO, which they later shared in plenary. Also, it was the first Cluster, in which the “Platform Corner” was designated. As a space to promote and raise awareness regarding the use of it.

This is part of what was experienced in the XXII Cluster; in which knowledge, experiences, projects and entrepreneurial initiatives were shared. In addition, the communication of the partners was strengthened and together, the next steps were considered to continue improving the advocacy capacity of the organizations.