Honduras

Overview

Honduras, the second poorest country in Central America, continues to experience high rates of population growth, infant mortality, child malnutrition and illiteracy. An estimated 75 percent of the rural population lives below the poverty line. 

Since 2003, TechnoServe has been supporting agricultural projects that increase rural incomes and enhance food security by improving agricultural productivity, supporting agribusiness development and expanding availability of financial services. TechnoServe is also supporting entrepreneurship development in several key sectors.

Impact

TechnoServe's work in Honduras has driven growth in key sectors such as coffee and cocoa, with 11,000 people benefiting from a coffee and cocoa-focused program which generated $14.8 million in sales for Honduran farmers. Currently, TechnoServe is implementing a program to support more than 15,000 smallholder coffee and bean farmers through training and better access to seeds. Dozens of entrepreneurs have participated in business plan competitions, which provide training and mentoring to nascent businesses. TechnoServe has also supported 312 indigenous women as they learn basic business skills and start micro-enterprises.

Stories

Cocoa Farmers Connect with Gourmet Chocolate Maker

Honduran growers lead the country's rebirth as a producer of high-quality cocoa.

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A New Boost for Entrepreneurs in Central America and Africa

TechnoServe is supporting the growth of an innovative textile manufacturing company and hundreds of other small and growing businesses.

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Honduran Farmers Find Success Through Quality Coffee and Cocoa

High in the mountains of western Honduras, the 25 coffee farming families of the Flor del Pino cooperative are staging a quiet revolution.

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Turning Palm Oil to Profits in Honduras

With support from TechnoServe, palm oil farmers have doubled their profits and laid the foundation for future growth and sustainability.

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On The Ground

Projects

 

Sustainable Agricultural Improvement

The three-year Sustainable Agricultural Improvement (Mejoramiento Agrícola Sostenible, or MAS, in Spanish) Project targets small-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 design supports the Honduran government's national development plan and agriculture sector strategy. In 2014, MAS benefitted more than 21,000 small-scale coffee and bean producers, with training delivered through more than 400 field schools across the project’s five target departments. After two crop cycles, bean farmers increased their crop production by an average of 19 percent doubled their income over 2014. Coffee farmers have also seen a significant increase in output and income, increasing production by 11 percent after the first growing season, and increasing gross income by 67 percent through market linkages promoted between producer organizations and agents in the public and private sector. In the 2014-2015 season, coffee farmer 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.

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Promoting Specialty Coffee and Cocoa

TechnoServe worked with various cocoa and coffee industry stakeholders — local government agencies, producer associations, research foundations and financial institutions — to help Honduran farmers and processors cater to the growing worldwide demand for specialty coffee and fine cocoa. TechnoServe-led technical and business training helped farmer cooperatives improve their crop quality and market access, generating higher incomes and creating many new jobs. From 2006 to 2011, TechnoServe assisted 12 coffee groups and 13 cacao groups, benefiting more than 11,000 people and generating $14.8 million in sales.

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Building Strong Businesses

Building on a model that has been successfully implemented in other countries in Central America, TechnoServe and its local partners ran a periodic business plan competition, Idea Tu Empresa, in Honduras to help entrepreneurs turn their good ideas into thriving businesses. Eight winners received cash prizes to implement and grow their businesses. They represented all three competition categories—agro-industry, manufacturing and tourism—and hailed from all over the country. The winning business plans ranged from indigenous-themed restaurants to a plastic recycling collection center to a business selling traditional hand-embroidered scarves.

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Improving Livelihoods through Beekeeping

Beekeeping is one of the major livelihood activities in the departments of Colón and Ocotepeque, providing income and other benefits like food, nutrition and medicine. TechnoServe is promoting sustainable beekeeping in these communities by organizing groups of beekeepers and providing business training and consulting. The program promotes appropriate technologies to increase honey productivity, develop new products and strengthen beekeeping organizations, aiming to benefit more than 150 families overall.

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Enhancing Entrepreneurship of Garifuna Women

Approximately 98,000 Garífuna people live in Honduras, mostly concentrated on the North Coast. Between 2011 and 2014, TechnoServe provided technical and business development assistance to 11 groups of Garifuna women in the departments of Colón and Atlántida – representing 300 members – to improve the quality and productivity of cassava and yucca. TechnoServe has also trained farmer groups in processing, value addition and marketing, allowing the women to process cassava and sell their products to local and export markets. Using equipment donated by the PIMCO Foundation, the women increased their production by 400 percent, from 200 to 1000 pounds of casabe bread processed per day. The groups also increased the productivity of yucca by 265 percent, with the introduction of three new yucca varieties imported from Nicaragua and improved agronomic techniques. The cassava produced by the 11 groups is sold under the company Wabagari, which belongs to a Garifuna leader and exports its products to New York, Los Angeles and in Honduras to Walmart and Pizza Hut.

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Supporting Women Entrepreneurs

In Intibucá, TechnoServe helped a group of indigenous women of Lenca ethnicity cultivate and sell ornamental flowers through the Floricultura El Clavel cooperative. Between 2009-2012, the 12 members of the cooperative learned crucial business skills and agronomic practices, and accessed funding and a growing market in which they can sell their product at a fair price. By the project's completion, the cooperative had built two greenhouses and increased monthly revenue ninefold.

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Developing Agribusiness in Honduras

TechnoServe is currently executing a $10 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Food for Progress project to increase agricultural productivity and expand trade in bean and specialty coffee for 27,000 smallholder farmers in the departments of Yoro, Comayagua, Olancho, Francisco Morazán and El Paraíso. The project aims to transform the underdeveloped bean market and support continued growth of the specialty coffee industry. The Honduran Agricultural Partnership will train farmers and link them to national phytosanitary systems, ensuring a safer food supply. In partnership with Michigan State University (MSU), the project will improve the capacity of key government agencies to enhance the quality of bean seeds available for farmers and lay the foundation for improved access over the long-term.

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Impulsa Tu Empresa

Supported by the Argidius Foundation, Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help more than 800 small and growing businesses boost their growth. Through mentoring, business training and business plan competitions, the program aims to increase sales by $13 million and generate 750 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Burkina Faso.
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Blog Posts

July 31, 2015

Sustainable Coffee Farming in Honduras

Envisioning a more environmentally and economically sustainable future, Ninfa Lanza is dedicating part of her farm to organic coffee production.

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May 7, 2015

3 Ways Farmers Can Combat Climate Change

When it comes to protecting both smallholder incomes and the larger global food supply against climate-induced shocks, there are three important factors to consider.

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August 15, 2014

Photo of the Week: Empowering Garifuna Women in Honduras

By improving their farming and business practices, these women are creating a more prosperous future for their families and oft-marginalized community.

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Contact

TechnoServe Honduras

Barrio el Playon, Blvd. Jose Antonio Peraza
Edificio Fondo Ganadero de Honduras
Frente a Plaza Pedregal, San Pedro Sula
Honduras

Tel: +504 2566 3695
Fax: +504 2566 3695 Ext. 108

Email address:

hn-info@tns.org

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