Authors: Nicholas Chan*, Santa Clara University, Griffin Garner, Santa Clara University, Christopher Bacon, Santa Clara University, Bill Sundstrom, Santa Clara University
Topics: Agricultural Geography
Keywords: Nicaragua, Central America, development funding, food insecurity, water insecurity, climate resilience
Session Type: Poster
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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International development assistance continues to influence environmental governance and rural livelihoods worldwide, including many of 25 million plus coffee producers of which over a million are from Central America. In the Central American dry corridor and adjacent coffee growing highlands, rural residents must navigate the challenges of food and water insecurity, coffee leaf rust outbreak (Hemileia vastatrix) and low coffee prices. The study investigates the broader trends of development funding over time in Nicaragua, tracking the ways in which development assistance changed over past decade with a focus on funding addressing agricultural, food security, drought relieve / climate adaptation, governance and the most recent coffee crisis by using systematic assessment of international development agencies’ databases and targeted searches. We compare development assistance funding agriculture for smallholders with evidence from that last five years of research that includes the analysis of more than 700 household surveys, interviews and focus groups about what works for building food security and climate resilience.