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Since 2010, 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.

Strengthening Women

Luz Marinela Gonzalez is part of the CABRIPEL Cooperative in the Marcala region of Honduras. With training from the Female Farm Business program, things are changing for Luz Marinela and other female farmers—they are learning how to manage water, grow more diverse and nutritious crops, and ultimately improve their livelihoods.

iDE PC Honduras

(Photo by Chris Nicoletti/iDE)

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.


Nutrition

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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Agriculture

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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Finance

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.

Life beyond coffee

ENTREPRENEUR PROFILE: Doña Julia Rivera learns to diversify in Honduras

Doña Julia lives in a region of Honduras called Marcala, known for its high-quality coffee production. Undernourishment is a widespread problem among coffee farmers in this region. Normally, farmers only earn an income during the four months  of coffee harvesting—leaving farmers eight months each year, known as the “thin months,” to survive on their coffee earnings.


Read more: ENTREPRENEUR PROFILE: How Doña Julia Rivera overcomes the “thin months” with drip irrigation

iDE IN HONDURAS

Honduras Business Center, Torre Nova
Paseo Comercial Los Próceres
Tegucigalpa, M.D.C.
Honduras, Central America
Phone: +504 2280-2182
E-mail: Honduras@ideglobal.org

Our partners—

Partners

  • Asociación ​Honduras Sin Hambre
  • AGEXPORT
  • ANAFAE​
  • CARE Prosade
  • Citi Foundation / Junior Achievement Honduras
  • COOP Sustainability Fund (Switzerland)
  • COMSA
  • COSUDE – Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación
  • EmprendeSur
  • Ecopsis, SA ​
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • FUNDER
  • 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
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (Global Program Water Initiatives)
  • 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)