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In Somoto, Nicaragua, traditional food production uses around 5.000 tons of firewood per year, contributing to deforestation, increased CO2 emissions as well as respiratory problems and long production process. In order to reduce deforestation, increase productivity, reduce production costs and improve people’s health by reducing public exposure to smoke, it is necessary to replace traditional technologies for innovative ones.
Change in production technologies for reducing the use of
natural resources, improve
producer’s quality of life, especially women who work making tortillas and
The initiative has been designed in coordination with the Local Government to identify needs, technology design, prototype elaboration, implementation and evaluation of the initiative. The end-users have been involved in all phases of the project, in co-design process since the beginning.
Municipality of Somoto, through the involvement of the Mayor, engineers and technicians throughout the implementation process, providing political, technical and financial resources. Direct beneficiaries: 29 women and 2 men, producers of traditional foods.
Quantitative Results: Direct beneficiaries: 31 producers and their families (210 people estimated); Technologies: 4 ovens, 25 stoves, 2 boilers replaced with new technologies; Reduction of CO2 emissions (50%). There is a research about greenhouse gases in the Segovias Region, exploring sectors as energy, agriculture, solid waste and land use; Less wood consumption (60%); Increased productivity (50%); Improvement in health (reducing exposure to smoke); Reduction of working hours (50%).
Qualitative Results: Systematization of the experience through audiovisual material; One study elaborated about the improvement of technologies in Climate Change; Indirect beneficiaries: Somoto population and other municipalities in the region that will replicate the experience in the future (1,000 people estimated).
Involvement of end users at every
stage of the process is key as it provides ownership and sustainability to the initiative.
It is essential to involve the municipal government to mobilize political support as well as technical and financial resources to contribute to sustainability.
Douglas Benavidez López: firstname.lastname@example.org