Nicaragua’s landscape is picturesque with Caribbean Islands to the east, soaring volcanoes, and endless surf beaches to the west. Despite being the most economically disadvantaged of all Central American countries, the people are rich in family values and build their communities with strong cultural tradition.

In Nicaragua, approximately 65 percent of people who live in rural areas are poor with 80 percent being extremely poor and depend on farming for their main source of income.

Due to unsustainable agriculture practices, climate change and the overuse of chemicals, nutritious crop productivity has declined and healthy chemical-free food remains scarce in rural regions. One-third of children living in rural Nicaragua are malnourished.   

El Tambo is a traditional rural farming community in Nicaragua that 82 families, 576 people call home. 

The change in Nicaragua’s climate—now five years of drought and a shortening rainy season—has caused a serious problem for small-scale rural farmers in the Tola region, with water becoming increasingly scarce and wells not being filled during the wet season.