20 MARCH 2018

The FOAG are new financial mechanisms articulated by several key entities, in order to ensure water security and agro-productive in the eastern and northern areas of the Cacahuatique mountain range.  

In the city of San Francisco Gotera was developed the forum called ''Challenges and solutions in the hill Cacahuatique'' in which different objectives were approached, among them:  the presentation of the hydrogeological study and identification of the areas of recharge of the springs that supply the population of the territory, the presentation of evidence on the impacts of the implementation of practices that allow greater recharge capacity in the aquifers to increase crop production and make known the local stakes for water security and production of this territory. 

Faced with the current situation of drought episodes, various institutions and entities were articulated to seek water security and agro-productive Cacahuatique mountain range,  including 10 municipalities that have influence in this important water recharge zone, for which two Agriculture and Water Funds (FOAG) were distributed.

"The purpose of the forum is to note that we have less and less water, there is even more demand and less water, this is due to climate change. But we also show how we are working in the recharge zones, that is to say the places where rainwater filters and then that water is born in the aquifers so that human beings can make use of it, what we are doing, what type of agriculture we are developing and whether it affects water collection.  So what we're showing is that there are solutions through agriculture that help capture more water,'' said Marcos Sanjuán of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). 

The event was attended by the mayors of the territory, community leaders, water managers, producers, local and international NGOs, government entities and the financial sector, being part of the promoters so that the initiative is carried out in an articulated way, also members of the community who join to make and to produce with the agriculture of the knowledge always safeguarding the environment, which makes it possible to replace methods that damage soils and does not allow water to be collected, such as burning.

"The major challenges in the territory are: increasing soil and water productivity, increasing crop productivity, improving ecosystem services and, above all, strengthening territorial governance," said Jorge Trejo, FIAES territorial coordinator.

As a first initiative, according to the results of the study, it will begin to promote sustainable agricultural practices and implement actions of soil and water conservation in agriculture among producers in the territory.