Presence in the country:
Women improved their professional and/or life skills through empowerment, capacity building or income generating activities
Nearly half of the Honduran population lives in rural areas, where the poverty rate is very high. Honduras has experienced strong economic growth, but this growth has not led to higher incomes or significant growth in employment rate. On the contrary, the levels of inequality have increased, especially since the political crisis of 2009.
This situation particularly affects smallholder populations in the most isolated regions of Honduras, namely those in the south (Choluteca, Valle) and west (Intibucá, Lempira, La Paz) of the country. Smallholder farming, however, is extremely important for Honduras’ food sovereignty and food security. In this regard, boosting agricultural production and strengthening local economic initiatives to better promote this production on local markets are two key priorities. Another major issue is assuring the participation of farmers organizations and civil society on land management plans, together with local authorities and other economic actors.
What we do:
- Promoting smallholder farming and agroecology through training, provision of basic equipment (small irrigation systems, plot fencing, etc.), and capacity building;
- Strengthening producer organizations for better access to markets: technical training and equipment to improve the quality and presentation of their products, organizational and entrepreneurial training, etc.
- Capacity building of women and young people for the production, processing and marketing of products;
- Strengthening the advocacy capacities of producers’ organisations for the establishment of more effective policies of local development and food security.