This article was written by Green Nica’s Tracy Johnson and originally published by Sustainability Leaders.
While the world was gripped by the fear of a possible Y2K catastrophe, the turn of the millennium would mark a much graver problem for the farmers of northern Nicaragua. The year 2000 saw the beginning of a coffee crisis that caused widespread poverty and unemployment in an already struggling country; the effects of which are still felt to this day. No longer able to depend on their crops to provide a livelihood, rural communities have been turning towards tourism to fill the bellies of their families and offer a better life for future generations.
These communities, with the help of organizations and tour operators in the region, are leading the movement towards sustainable, community-based tourism in Nicaragua and positioning Northern Nicaragua as Central America’s new ecotourism epicenter.
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