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Case Studies | June 7, 2012

Leveraging Municipal Government Support for Agricultural Value Chains in Nicaragua

Until recently, municipal governments in Nicaragua have not considered agricultural development to be part of their institutional mandate. This has made it difficult for small producers to competitively engage in agricultural value chains.

CRS and partners created the Alliance to Create Opportunities for Rural Development through Agroenterprise Relationships (ACORDAR) project in 2007. Since then, ACORDAR has helped more than 3,000 Nicaraguan farmers achieve a 98 percent increase in sales and a 117 percent increase in net income.


  • ACORDAR Project Summary
  • Creating Municipal-Level Supply-Chain-Friendly Environments
  • CRS' Four-Phase Strategy for Creating a Value-Chain-Friendly Environment
  • Results
  • Lessons Learned
  • Replication