Productivity is low: potential for a 64% yield improvement if GAP, rehabilitation, and renovation are applied2
ECOM knows individual farmers and is able to evaluate their willingness to invest in certified plants, adopt improved practices, and ability to repay loans
95% of farmers in Nicaragua are SHFs. Farmers are typically not organized into coops, but private traders have strong relations with farmers (tight value chain).
Loans were first given to larger farmers, then to smaller farmers (<12ha). All farmers have a strong credit history with ECO
60% of trees are estimated to be over 20 years old in Nicaragua, and 40% of trees were affected by La Roya in 2011
The program aims to renovate 5,000 hectares. This is a pilot program that could be replicated in other countries (Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia) if a suitable partnership structure can be found