November 3, 2019
La Semilla is dedicated to searching ways to achieve it’s long-term agriculture development strategies. We have recently committed to a more formal partnership with the University Internacional Antonio De Valdivieso (UNIAV) located in Rivas, Nicaragua. Although the university offers more than just agriculture studies, agriculture and ag-engineering remain it’s strongest departments. All three of the full-time agronomists at La Semilla are graduates of this institution.
La Semilla sought to strengthen it’s relationship there and so in August, along with a formal visit and tour of the facilities, we committed to working together more closely for the future of agriculture in Nicaragua. This means we will both seek opportunities to colaborate on areas of interest – promotion of new seed genetics, extension services to the rural communities, joint workshops, hosting students through an official co-op agreement, promotion of the processing of agriculture products.
For the months of November and December 2019, La Semilla will host third year ag student Jose David Jiron. It’s a great opportunity for him to be exposed to many aspects of agriculture in Carazo province where La Semilla is helping producers. Jose will work under Ariel Gutierrez’s direction in conducting field visits, learning his way around inventory controls at the office, helping maintain demonstration plots, and also learning how we integrate christian faith and values into our daily work. For our part, it’s both a privilege and growth opportunity as the staff has a chance to interact on a professional level.
Agriculture development is a long-term effort. We are pleased to be able to partner with UNIAV to help achieve an improvement in current economic realities of rural Nicaragua, and create a modern agriculture community that is attractive to a new generation.