According to the FAO, 27 percent of Nicaraguans suffer some degree of malnutrition, which is particularly damaging for children’s health. This malnutrition has not been caused by scarcity of basic food, but by unemployment and lack of opportunities. People simply can’t afford to buy food. World Bank figures show that 45 percent of Nicaragua’s population survives on less than $2 a day and nearly 15 percent on only $1 or less.
Leaders have come up with a package of measures to boost food production, Megan Rowling reports.