According to Honduran Coffee Institute (IHCAFE ), Honduras is the largest producer of Arabica coffees in Central America and the third in the American continent, after Brazil and Colombia. In socio-economic terms the coffee sector is very important for the country’s development because more than 120,000 households depend on coffee, and more than one million people are employed for harvesting. According to the statistics of IHCAFE, 92% of producers are in the category of small producers with less than 5 hectares, of which 84% of official owners are men and 16% women. Coffee production faces challenges such as: low production of the farms, inconsistency in the quality of coffee, lack of access to training and technical assistance and financing. In addition, women generally have limited participation in decision making on use of income and investment in farm and household. Honduras is seeing a strong expansion of the coffee producing area which creates environmental risks when natural vegetation is converted into coffee fields. Such conversion may result in reduction and contamination of water supplies and create more erosion, negatively affecting the environment and the resilience of the sector to the effects of climate change.
Contribute to promote sustainable coffee production, which promotes the protection of natural resources and improving socio-economic development and resilience to the challenges of climate change.