In early 2005, the Nicaraguan Foundation for Technological Development
in Agriculture, Livestock and Forestry (FUNICA) began a pilot service in
collaboration with the Global Plant Clinic (GPC), the Central American
Integrated Pest Management Program (PROMIPAC), the National Commission
for Agricultural Education (CNEA) and local organisations in Las
Segovias, northern Nicaragua, to improve farmers' access to adequate
and timely information and advisory services for plant health.
Four Plant Clinics (Puestos para Plantas in Spanish) were initially
established as a new type of farmer-friendly public service. This was
followed by the establishment of the Diagnostic Network (now the Plant
Healthcare and Diagnostic Network), giving the support from specialists
to provide correct diagnoses and seek accurate control options.
This report presents the results of a self-evaluation made by a diverse
team of actors of the Plant Clinics and Plant Healthcare Network. The
self-evaluation covers the period from March 2005 to November 2007, and
documents results and experiences, identifies the main achievements,
difficulties, keys to success and defines guidelines to consolidate the
National Plant Protection System in Nicaragua.
An English Translation of this report 'Nicaragua - Public Plant Health
Services for All. Results and Lessons Learned 2005-2007' was published in 2009.
Servicios Públicos de Salud de Plantas para Todos. Resultados y Lecciones Aprendidas 2005-2007