Innovation and dissemination of technologies for adaptation of agriculture to climate change – AGRIADAPTA

Project completed

10'000 families in 19 municipalities of the country improve their food security and their situation of poverty by practising sustainable and climate-smart agriculture. The Project will provide resources so that small-hold farmers in environmentally degraded dry areas affected by climate change and variability develop capacities, exchange knowledge and apply technologies for climate change adaptation.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Agriculture & food security
Climate change and environment
Agricultural land resources
Environmental policy
Agricultural development
Food security policy
Agricultural research
01.07.2015 - 30.04.2024
CHF  9’650’000

The government of Nicaragua has determined that climate change is a major current challenge, especially in the dry corridor, and it is preparing a long-term strategy for attention to this region. The area of intervention of the project includes 19 municipalities in the dry corridor. The area is strategic because of its location in the Managua Lake watershed that shows strong environmental deterioration (scarce forest cover, eroded soils). It is home to an large number of poor small-hold farmers and close to densely populated urban centres threatened by flooding and landslides. The drought of the last few years has generated serious socio-economic and environmental consequences including crop losses, food insecurity and poverty.


Increase the climate change adaptation (CCA) capacity of 10'000 families of small and medium-sized farm producers and their communities through the dissemination, application and adoption of agro-ecological technologies and practices in 19 municipalities in the dry corridor of Nicaragua.

Target groups


10'000 families with small and medium-sized farms (less than 15 hectares).

600 agro-environmental promotors (youth and women).

100 technical staff in partner institutions.


Medium-term outcomes
  1. Youth and women develop capacities to innovate, promote, transfer and apply CCA technologies and practices.
  2. Communities in the selected micro-watersheds improve the quantity and quality of their eco-system goods and services (water, forest and soil resources).
  3. Participating families increase the productivity of their farms through the capture, validation, application and adoption of agro-ecological technologies and practices.




Expected results:  


  1. At least 100 technical staff and 600 community promotors trained.
  2. 10'000 youth and women with methodological tools and techniques for CCA technologies.
  3. Effective community initiatives to address climate change (CC) related challenges.
  4. Preparation of 19 specific and pertinent catalogues of ACC practices and technologies.
  5. 10'000 participating families with access to incentives and support for application of ACC practices and technologies.

Results from previous phases:  

  • Diagnostic study of the area of influence of the project with participation of government institutions, municipalities and farmers.
  • Analysis of relevant actors in the area of intervention.
  • Analysis of factors that favour or obstruct adoption of technologies.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
Foreign state institution
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Central State of South East
  • Food and Agricultural Organisation
  • Foreign private sector South/East

Other partners


  • CIAT, CATIE, FAO, IICA: technical cooperation agencies
  • IFAD: future NICAVIDA project in the dry corridor
  • World Bank (WB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Coordination with other projects and actors
  • Nicaraguan Institute of Municipal Development (INIFOM)
  • Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER)
  • National Technological Institute (INATEC)
  • 19 municipal governments
  • Water Harvest Project, Nicaragua (SDC)
  • Community-driven Watershed Management Project, Nicaragua and Honduras (SDC)
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    9’650’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    9’011’143
Project phases

Phase 1 01.07.2015 - 30.04.2024   (Completed)