iDE Global


Since 2009, iDE has been accelerating the income growth of family farm businesses in Honduras through access to climate-smart irrigation technology and advice.

Time to grow

For Amelia Martinez, she’s most proud of the solar pump on her farm. She no longer has to carry buckets of water from the nearby stream to irrigate her beans, corn, tomatoes and peppers. The solar pump pulls water from the stream and distributes it to drip irrigation tubes lining her plant beds. With this task off her hands, she spends her time growing other parts of the farm business, like the new chicken production.

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What we do—

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Resilient Market Ecosystems

For developing world entrepreneurs to succeed they must participate in market ecosystems that are economically competitive, inclusive of all people, and resilient to shocks such as conflict or changing climates. By listening to every stakeholder—producers, suppliers, retailers and customers—we can overcome critical bottlenecks and develop lasting solutions. 

Learn more about iDE’s approach to resilient market ecosystems.

Blockchain Beans

Increasing transparency in the coffee value chain.

iDE teams up with Bext360 to create a pilot program connecting Honduran coffee farmers to every aspect of the value chain through blockchain.

Read more: Increasing transparency in the coffee value chain

How We Do It —


iDE’s approach in Honduras focuses on improving farmer livelihoods while promoting integrated water, forest, and soil conservation. We develop technologies and clean energy solutions for small-scale, rural farmers. Through training and outreach activities in collaboration with private and public partners, iDE promotes crop diversification in order to secure food supplies during the “thin months,” in conjunction with nutrition awareness to reduce malnutrition and stunting. As supply chains for new technologies are still nascent, iDE provides technical support for the solutions it develops by training local village mechanics to install, repair, and maintain these low-cost technologies.

Learn more about iDE's commitment to Agriculture.

Resilience to Climate Change

Portions of Honduras are in the Corridor Seco ("dry corridor"), a region that often suffers extreme periods of drought, extending across Central America and including El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Conversely, it is also considered one of the most vulnerable countries to floods, which in the past have had disastrous effects, such as crop damage, soil erosion, and infrastructure disruptions.

iDE helps people in rural areas build their resilience to climate extremes through the use of water-saving and climate-smart agricultural technologies and practices.

Learn more about iDE’s commitment to Smart Technologies.

Gender Equity

Gender discrimination in Honduras stems from the cultural tradition of “machismo,” wherein men are expected to be authoritative and women to be subservient. In practice, this leads to a lack of opportunities and large pay deficits for women in the labor force.

By focusing on women as customers and entrepreneurs, iDE strengthens their participation in rural value chains and increases their access to technology, know-how, finance, and markets.

Learn more about iDE’s commitment to Gender Equity.


Chronic undernutrition in Honduras results from a diet high in basic grains without access to vegetables with high nutritious value. This results in high incidences of stunting among children.

By promoting crop diversification into high-value, nutritious foods, iDE empowers farmers to earn more income and provide their families and communities a more varied diet, fueling them with the energy and mental ability they need to be successful.

Learn more about iDE’s commitment to Nutrition.

Personal water harvest coaches

Watershed community management in Honduras

To overcome disasters such as crop disease, iDE works with farmers to diversify their crops and connect to markets, helping them have enough food and money to survive year-round.

Read more: Using water-management techniques to address drought and disease


Col. Tepeyac, calle Froylán Turcios
Avenida Gracias a Dios, casa 2240-A
Honduras- Central America
Phone: +504 2280-2182

Our partners—


  • Asociación ​Honduras Sin Hambre
  • CARE Prosade
  • Church of Latter-Day Saints Charities
  • Citi Foundation / Junior Achievement Honduras
  • COOP Sustainability Fund (Switzerland)
  • COSUDE – Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación
  • Embassy of Switzerland
  • EmprendeSur
  • Ecopsis, SA ​
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • GFA Consulting Group
  • Honduran Institute for Science Technology and Innovation (IHCIETI)
  • Honduran Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG)
  • iDEal Tecnologías
  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • JAIN Irrigation Systems Ltd.
  • Juntos Energy Solutions
  • Max Havelaar Foundation (Switzerland)
  • ​Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources, Environment & Mines (MiAmbiente+)
  • Panamerican Agricultural University — Zamorano
  • RAIN Foundation
  • Rudy & Alice Ramsey Foundation
  • SCATEC Solar - Fotovoltaica Los Prados
  • SNV – Netherlands Development Cooperation
  • The Toro Foundation
  • United States Agency for International Development – Feed the Future Horticulture Innovation Lab
  • United States Agency for International Development – Powering Agriculture
  • Universidad Nacional de Agricultura (UNA)