The Peasant-to-Peasant Program (PCaC) works with over 800 communities in Nicaragua to replace destructive agricultural practices with sustainable systems that ensure food security, increase family incomes, and protect local biodiversity as the local biological corridors are developed.
The PCaC is formed by local groups, community and municipal committees, department-wide assemblies as well as associations and cooperatives, which are legally constituted organizations that have emerged as a result of PCaC’s work.
The most salient feature of the program is the sharing of know-how and experiences directly from to peasant, without intermediary intervention of professional staff. Peasants from the rest of the country then became quickly involved when they learned of the quick and concrete results these methods could yield. Many of them attributed their success to the fact that the transfer of “know-how” is more effective when it comes from people they can understand, whose language and agricultural practices are similar to theirs.
PCaC’s work is developed based on local experience and the specific conditions of each geographical location. PCaC does not “export” a set of technologies from one area to another but is constantly searching for alternative ways to help peasant families solve their agricultural problems in relation to the situation of their communities and agro-ecological conditions of each of these areas.
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