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



Impulsa Tu Empresa

Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help more than 850 small and growing businesses boost their growth. Through mentoring and business training, the program aims to increase sales by $25 million and generate 750 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.

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.

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.



Blog Posts

August 4, 2016

Courageous Women Working to Improve their Community

The women of Mujeres Valientes Rural Community Bank are helping the small farmers in their community increase their productivity, food security and incomes.

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April 19, 2016

A Gap in The Market: How Coffee Tasting Helps Honduran Women

TechnoServe staff identified a gap in coffee supply chain in Honduras, and used the opportunity to improve economic outcomes for women.

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February 4, 2016

Small Coffee Farms, Increasing Returns in Honduras

Smallholder Honduran coffee farmers are benefiting from agronomy training and direct relationships with buyers.

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TechnoServe Honduras

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

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

Ricardo Gonzalez

Country Manager