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.

On The Ground

Projects

 

Impulsa Tu Empresa

Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help small and growing businesses boost their growth through mentoring and business training. Since its launch in 2012, the program has increased the sales of over 1,000 businesses by $38 million and generated 1,400 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Burkina Faso.
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Coffee Sustainability at the Origin

With the financial support from Gevalia and the Kraft Heinz Company, TechnoServe is working with smallholder coffee farmers in the departments of El Paraíso and Intibucá to increase the quantity and improve the quality of Honduran coffee in a way that creates additional value for smallholder farmers at the origin of the value chain. Over the course of four years, 2,000 Honduran smallholder coffee farmers will receive training on key agronomic practices that will boost yields and improve the quality of their coffee through this initiative. The project also focuses on helping farmers find new markets that reward them for the quality of the coffee they produce. As part of the project's objective to improve security and fight the seasonal hunger that affects coffee producing communities, participating farmers will have the opportunity to receive training on improved practices for basic grain production, and exposure to new cash crops that they can produce to diversify their income sources.
 

The MAS Project: Sustainable Agricultural Improvement

The four-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 2016, MAS benefited more than 32,000 small-scale coffee and bean producers across more than 430 producer organizations. The assistance includes training through 459 field schools in five departments (El Paraíso, Francisco Morazán, Olancho, Comayagua and Yoro). More than 25,900 producers have been able to access $15.5 million in credit to buy quality inputs, provide maintenance to farms and invest in infrastructure. After four crop cycles, bean farmers increased their productivity by an average of 54 percent, which has enabled them to substantially increase their income. In addition, 89 agreements of commercialization were signed by government entities and producers, benefiting more than 1,000 bean farmers, commercializing more than 3,000 metric tons. Coffee growers have seen an average productivity increase of 54 percent and have increased their coffee revenues by approximately 60 percent as a result of market linkages facilitated by the project. Through the implementation of integral marketing contracts, about 325 coffee growers' organizations representing more than 7,000 producers assisted by the project have been able to sell approximately 200,000 quintals of coffee directly to exporters. The quality of coffee has substantially improved as a result of technical assistance, and approximately 7,000 producers are marketing their with a cupping grade of 80 percent or more on the SCAA scale.
 

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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Blog Posts

June 15, 2017

Creating Coffee Livelihoods: On the Family Farm and Beyond

As the Sustainable Agricultural Improvement (MAS) project comes to a close in Honduras, we take a look at how the project helped one coffee farming family to build a strong farming business and promising career opportunities throughout the value chain.

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May 15, 2017

Key Insights to Create Change in Central America’s Coffee Sector

TechnoServe’s Country Director in Nicaragua shares important lessons learned from our work creating inclusive and productive coffee value chains in Central America.

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May 11, 2017

Accelerating Impact for Entrepreneurs

A newly released report by Emory University and TechnoServe shows that carefully designed accelerator programs can facilitate revenue growth.

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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

Ricardo Gonzalez

Country Manager
rgonzalez@tns.org

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