How rainwater harvesting is helping Nicaraguan farmers

Outlet: BBC News

November 24, 2011

Mr Beltran lives in northern Nicaragua, one of the poorest and driest areas of the country, where a pilot project to harvest rainwater is beginning to transform local agriculture and local people’s lives. “Farmers have come from other parts of the country to see what is happening here. I no longer depend on seasonal rainfall. I produce three times more maize and have a surplus to trade,” says Mr Beltran. The project involves building earthen dams to form reservoirs or ponds that can collect surface water run-off from the hills during the rainy season…

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