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The annual consumption of 20 thousand slits of wood was left behind in the farm of Mr. Carlos Pineda, at El Almendro, Rio San Juan, after he installed a biogas system of 13 cubic meters. "If I had bought the firewood, it represented an investment of almost 50,000 cordobas (US $ 1.851) per year," said Pineda.
Getting involved in the Nicaraguan Biogas Program (PBN), implemented by SNV, which promotes the use of biogas for several productive activities, ULSA León has developed an air biogas venturi mixer to adapt gasoline internal combustion engines for working with homemade fuel (biogas).
Biogas Market Development Nicaragua (PBN) has benefited over 650 cattle raising families in Nicaragua with access to clean energy through facilitating an incentive bonus for purchasing biogas systems.
The quality and taste of Nicaraguan coffee were made known on a coffee cupping session held with international buyers in the frame of the Specialty Coffee Association of the Americas (SCAA) 2015 Annual Exposition, an event of the coffee world held in Seattle, Washington, USA, from 9 to 12 of April.
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PROCASO Project Video

This video on the Sustainable Quality Programme (PROCASO) narrates from the voice of the beneficiaries the main results of the programme.  PROCASO improved small scale coffee growers´ productivity and incomes and sustainable access to high value markets. It was funded by Solidaridad Foundation with funds from IRISH AID and implemented by SNV. 


SNV began working in Nicaragua in 1992. Our portfolio is strong in agribusiness and value chain development (including coffee, cacao, fruits and vegetables), governance, and renewable energy.

SNV has a solid reputation with government entities, the donor community, NGOs, and the private sector, and has played a key role in facilitating alliances among these stakeholders. Our current staff in Nicaragua include over 30 development professionals and full-time project-based consultants.

Campaign on biogas uses and benefits

SNV, in partnership with Hivos, and funding from the Inter-American Development Bank Multilateral Investment Fund and the Nordic Development Fun, is promoting the access of renewable energy for 6,000 families and rural enterprises in Nicaragua through the Biogas Market Development Programme in Nicaragua. 

Currently, SNV and Hivos are conducting a awareness raising campaign that highlights the uses and benefits of this waste-to-energy technology.

Documentary video on the uses and benefits of biogas systems for families in Nicaragua 

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