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Climate change and leadership course ends successfully in Nicaragua

Eighteen young people who are members of 9 FAIRTRADE small-scale producers’ organizations from Nicaragua have completed the training of the climate change leadership study course, endorsed by the National University of Engineering.

The Nicaraguan FAIRTRADE National Coordinator and CLAC, through the Exchange project, which is part of Finland´s Development Cooperation Program, have managed to get the Academy to join this effort to strengthen the leadership and advocacy capacities of the participating producers in order to promote changes that decrease their vulnerability to climate change. This learning process included application phases in the participants’ parcels about farm planning with a focus on climate change adaptation agroecology.

On October 9th, the closing event took place, with the participation of the stakeholders, who joined efforts to successfully implement the training course despite the inherent difficulties associated with the pandemic. The meeting was very emotional, and the students received an acknowledgment through the delivery of diplomas. Furthermore, the small-scale producers’ organizations had the opportunity to exhibit their FAIRTRADE products in a small fair. The leaders now possess tools that they can apply within their communities and that will allow them to become new voices that will represent their peers as part of advocacy processes in their regions.

Seylin Fabiola Altamirano Troches, from the Central de Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples PRODECOOP R.L. in San Juan de Río Coco, Madriz, Nicaragua, agrees with it. “The leadership topic is giving me significant tools that I am already implementing to promote leadership with the members of the cooperatives associated to PRODECOOP, focused on women and young people", said the producer.
"Likewise, as I am aware that climate change is a reality that we see affects the producers’ parcels and their livelihoods, I now possess the skills to identify adaptation and mitigation measures that connect to the conditions of each and every producers´ family of our organization, promoting conscientization, change of mentalities, the use of agroecological management practices, and farm planning," she added.

The producer said the course was very relevant because it helped them to identify ways in which the organization could improve its resilience to climate change. "I reckon that the training course is an opportunity for every participant to strengthen their organizations since being well-informed and skilled enables us to do our job and promote the producer’s well-being and their livelihood, economy, food security, and health," Saylin said.