La Iniciativa Ecoagrícola del Sureste
The Southeast Eco-Agricultural Initiative
We are L.I.E.S., until June 2022 known as Sano y Salvo / Safe and Sound, is a non registered association of ecologically farming families in multi ethnical SE Nicaragua, a 'biosphere of humankind'. 50% of the families are indigenous families (Rama). We grow food crops organically; the cash crops are grown in ecological, succesional agroforestry plots. Hairsheep, pigs, poultry, sometimes some cattle, are the farm animals. L.I.E.S.´s farms are examples of agro-biodiversity. Protecting natural biodiversity, forests, water, soil, climate, we stop migration. L.I.E.S. is involved in media work and lobbies locally, regionally and nationally. We process most of and market our produce ourselves. Hazardous extractivism projects are threatening membership and people: open pit gold mining, and highly chemical mono cultures of oil palm, pine apple, robusta coffee and others; other dangers are cattle ranching and high passivity of the ministry of environment in reltion to agriculture and environmental protection.