Nicaragua has been cultivating sesame for decades with great success. It's a crop with low cost inputs and is fairly profitable, receiving four times the market price for corn. This makes it ideal for small farmers.
Sesame was introduced in 2017 to Chacocente to supplement the farmer's cash flow. It is a hardy crop and can be planted twice a year, in May and again in September. In 2017, despite the effects of Hurricane Nate, several farmers reported good yields of sesame and plan to continue growing it. Since it is open-pollinated, they can use current seeds for next year's crop.