Sustainable Agricultural Improvement

The three-year Sustainable Agricultural Improvement project (Mejoramiento Agrícola Sostenible, or MAS, in Spanish) targets small and medium-scale coffee and bean farmers in the central region of Honduras. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress program, the project supports the Honduran government's national development plan and agriculture sector strategy. In 2015, MAS benefited more than 26,500 small-scale coffee and bean producers across more than 430 producer organizations. The assistance includes training through 400 field schools in five departments (El Paraíso, Francisco Morazán, Olancho, Comayagua and Yoro). After four crop cycles, bean farmers increased their productivity by an average of 24.3 percent, which has enabled them to substantially increase their income. In addition, 80 agreements of commercialization were signed by government entities and producers, benefiting more than 1,000 bean farmers. Coffee growers have seen an average productivity increase of 30 percent and have increased their coffee revenues by approximately 60 percent as a result of market linkages facilitated by the project. In the 2015-2016 season, coffee producer organizations signed marketing agreements with two major exporters, and coffee sale volumes more than tripled to reach 5 million kilograms, directly benefitting more than 6,000 small-scale producers.