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 2.0

Impulsa tu Empresa 2.0 will support 825 businesses in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Within three years, the program is expected to generate a sales increase of more than 30 percent – equivalent to $41 million – for participating businesses and to create more than 800 new jobs in different economic sectors.
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Impulsa tu Empresa

Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help small and growing businesses boost their growth through mentoring and training. Since its launch in 2012, the program business has increased the sales of over 1,400 businesses by $48 million and generated 1,600 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Burkina Faso.
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Desarrollo Económico Inclusivo Territorial (DEIT)

The Territorial Inclusive Economic Development Program of Region 13 of the Gulf of Fonseca (DEIT R13 GF) is a four year program directed toward 10,000 families living in the basins of the Choluteca, Goascorán and Nacaome rivers, and those who are currently excluded from the value chain of coastal eco-tourism, cashew, and livestock. The program is facilitated by the consortium integrated by Ayuda en Acción and TechnoServe, and is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation COSUDE.
 

The MAS Project 2.0: Sustainable Agricultural Improvement

The expansion of the Sustainable Agriculture Improvement Project, MAS 2.0, aims to improve the competitiveness of 32,000 small and medium coffee and bean producers by elevating productivity and agricultural quality, increasing access to information and high markets value, developing the capacity of producer organizations and strengthening local, regional, and international markets. Assistance includes training in sustainable agriculture practices and access to high-quality products through 500 field schools in nine regions (El Paraíso, Francisco Morazán, Olancho, Comayagua, Yoro, Santa Bárbara, Intibucá, Cortés, and La Paz) to help strengthen capacity-building in resilience to climate change. As climate change creates increasing havoc in the poorest nations with droughts, extreme weather, and varied agricultural productivity, the project will support producers through access to loans, financing, infrastructure, knowledge, and exceptional skills.
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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

August 6, 2019

Lasting Impact Spotlight: María Castillo

In this series, we check back with TechnoServe program participants who were previously featured on our blog, documenting how their lives have changed and progressed.

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July 25, 2019

How Low-Cost Credit is Improving the Livelihoods of Smallholder Coffee Farmers

TechnoServe’s projects yield a wealth of lessons that can help us – and others – improve our work. In this series, we reflect on the lessons we have learned from our programs in Africa, India, and Latin America, sharing insights from program staff.

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June 5, 2019

Empowering Women in Coffee

In part two of our weeklong series, we highlight our work promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout the coffee value chain.

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Contact

TechnoServe Honduras

Campus UTH, 3 Cuadras al Oeste del Puente Rio Blanco, Carretera hacia Armenta
San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Bulevar Morazán, Mall El Dorado, 5to piso
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Tel: 2221-4686

Ricardo Gonzalez

Country Director
rgonzalez@tns.org

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