The United States exported $16 million in agricultural products to Nicaragua in fiscal year 2013. The United States works with Nicaragua both bilaterally and through the CAFTA-DR agreement to promote mutually beneficial trade and investment.

Since CAFTA-DR went into effect there in 2006, U.S. exports to Nicaragua have grown more than 70 percent.

Nicaragua has one of the highest levels of food insecurity in the world. The country is a large food aid recipient due, in part, to its inability to offset the shortfall in domestic food production with commercial imports. USDA provides assistance via the Food for Progress and McGovern-Dole Food for Education programs. 

Data & Analysis

June 19, 2017
The 2016/2017 coffee harvest in Nicaragua is a record crop with an estimated production of 2.3 million 60 kg bags, a seven percent increase compared to the previous year.
May 25, 2017
Sugar production increased 15 percent in 2016/2017 reaching over 732,536 metric tons (MT) due to the favorable climatic conditions.
January 20, 2017
This report lists Nicaragua import requirements for export certification and import permits for agrochemicals, veterinary products, feed stuffs and food products for human consumption.
January 20, 2017
This report lists the main Nicaraguan food laws, technical regulations and import requirements.