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.

Why we’re here—

Honduras lies in the heart of Central America and is the top coffee producer of the region, with most of its population engaged in agriculture in rural areas. Rural farms are typically hillside plots that are vulnerable to erosion and difficult to cultivate due to increasing lack of access to water. Recently, incomes for this population have decreased dramatically due to damages to coffee plants from disease along with an overall decline in real agricultural prices, reflecting world market price trends.

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 matters—

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.

Food Security

Due to its geo-climatic location in Central America, Honduras is prone to severe droughts, hurricanes, and lingering effects from the El Niño weather pattern. This has a direct impact on agricultural activities and the ability of Honduran families to produce enough food.

By improving farmers’ access to high-quality seeds, technology, and farming best practices, iDE enhances their ability to increase production, growing their incomes and food availability in their communities, region, and country.

Learn more about iDE's commitment to Food Security.

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.

Fueling the coffee craze

Value chains in Latin America

Honduras is the leading producer and exporter of coffee in Central America. Doña Julia Rivera is a coffee farmer in Marcala—a region of Honduras known for its high-quality, organic, and sustainably produced coffee beans. Working with iDE, Doña Julia has been able to expand her farm business with the help of drip irrigation and farmer training. Her farm is now an example in her community.

Read more: Identifying opportunities for small-scale farmers to add value and receive more income

What works—

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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 global Agriculture strategy.

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With its partners, iDE is developing microfinance solutions for small farm owners through community-based savings and loans groups of 20 to 35 people known as cajas rurales or cajas de ahorro y crédito. With seed capital from donors, these credit facilities provide loans to members, with no collateral required, in order to finance drip irrigation kits, seeds, fertilizer, and other investments in their farm. Because the members know each other, they know who is able to repay the loans. These organizations enable the group to receive discounts for bulk purchases as well as benefit from a better negotiation position.

Learn more about iDE’s global Access to Finance strategy.

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
  • 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)