Central America

Honduras

Region(s)

Comayagua, Copán, Cortés, Intibucá, Lempira,Ocotepeque,Santa Bárbara and Yoro

Implementor

Honducafe, USAID

Project

Sustainable Coffee Farming in Honduras

Introduction

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.

The Project

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.

  • At least 3,600 households producing
    coffee actively involved in training
    processes on sustainable production
    practices
  • Increase farmers business skills; 2,400
    farming households trained to have better
    access to financial services (60%)
  • 3,200 households trained to increase
    access and efficiency use of
    agro-input (80%)
  • At least 2,000 households will also be
    supported to access a fund of $3.03 million
    for credit through the project
  • At least 3,600 households have increased
    resilience and capacity to adapt to
    climate change
  • At least 3,600 households have access to
    training in GAP; at least 2,400 households
    trained to adopt GAP (60%), which is
    expected to increase productivity relative
    to the baseline production with on average
    20% in the long run
  • Improve the protection of forest, water
    and soil quality through watershed
    management, whereby at least 3,600
    farmers are engaged in soil and water
    conservation on their farms and 1 million
    forest and fruit trees are planted on coffee
    farms and watersheds
  • At least 1,600 women participating in the
    project trained on coffee and other topics
    of business interest (40%); and 1,600
    youth adults (below 35 years old) are
    active in the program as trainers of
    households (40%)
  • 30 organizations strengthened by improving
    their efficiency in procurement, processing
    and selling, in providing services to
    producers such as credit provision, better
    access to quality agro-inputs and in
    facilitating direct selling exporter

Partners

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Status

Ongoing

Duration

3 Years

Timeframe

2016 - 2019

Farmers

4,000

% Female Farmers & Youth

20%

Coffee Households

20,000

Areas of work

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  • equality-of-people-icon@2x.pngEquality of people
  • prosperity-of-farmers-icon@2x.pngProsperity of farmers

Project themes

  • gender-equality@2x.pngGender and Youth Inclusivity
  • climate-change@2x.pngClimate change
  • farm-management@2x.pngFarm maganement
  • yield-improvement@2x.pngYield improvement
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