Latin American Agribusiness Development Corporation (LAAD) is a private investment and development company. LAAD finances and develops private agribusiness projects in Latin America and the Caribbean involving all phases of production, processing, storage, services, technology and marketing in the fields of agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing.

Digital Seeds

In 2014, LAAD started supporting the Digital Seeds program being carried forward by the Mercon group, one of our close clients in Nicaragua. Digital Seeds is a Mercon-propriety program that aims to improve the quality of primary education in Nicaragua’s rural areas. This program has been developed in coordination with the Ministry of Education of Nicaragua, the University of Pennsylvania, and other partners.

Digital Seeds places emphasis on strengthening the students’ reading, writing and mathematics skills. This holistic model also promotes investment in school infrastructure and the involvement of parents and the community. Some of the program’s major results are:

    • Over 6,000 beneficiary students
    • Over 3,000 beneficiary families
    • Over 500 teachers trained
    • 93% of participating students stay in school
    • 90% of participating students pass to the next grade

LAAD supported the program in 2014 with funding to purchase 80 computers for the children attending one of the participating schools. We have already committed to continue supporting this excellent initiative for 2015 and 2016.