Nicaragua: Planting and Protecting the Earth
Smallholders in the northern region of Nueva Segoiva are changing their production techniques. Through new tools, like the employment of minimal tillage farming smallholders are able to cultivate the land with minimal disturbance to the soil, this form of farming provides protection for the soil from erosion. The minimal tillage technique utilized by the smallholder organization la Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples Campesinos Activos de Jalapa (CCAJ) and their partner cooperatives has proved to be advantageous, allowing them to reduce production costs, conserve the land, use less seeds, and the farmers do not need to spend money to purchase oxen or plows. The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada Environmental Specialist, Moreno Padilla (blue shirt) visited the town Jalapa to observe the implementation of the minimal tillage farming techniques.