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 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.

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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.

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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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Blog Posts

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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November 12, 2015

Boosting Business Growth through Gender Equity

A plantain business in Honduras demonstrates how women's inclusion can translate into higher sales, expanded markets and a more diverse talent pool.

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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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