Since the overthrow of the Somoza regime in 1979, the Sandinista government in Nicaragua has gone ahead with its plans for agrarian reform.
GV Field and workers collecting chillies and tomatoes (5 shots)
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Background: Since the overthrow of the Somoza regime in 1979, the Sandinista government in Nicaragua has gone ahead with its plans for agrarian reform. Large estates, formerly owned by the late President Somoza and his friends, have been broked up into co-operative communes. The co-operative village of Los COCO is one example. The estate was formerly owned by a bank in which President Somoza had an interest. Today, its supports 50 workers and their families -- a total of about 400 people. The co-operative farm grows chillies and tomatoes, and all the members help in harvesting the crop. The communes control their own affairs, deciding on what crops they will produce, and how to finance their ventures. Because agricultural land in Nicaragua is very fertile, the country has the potential to provide well for its two and a half million inhabitants.