Honduras

Country Profile
Honduras
In Honduras, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Honduras and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
1.5
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
39.9
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions
Stunting
40.2
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions
Rural
47
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Honduras (World Bank, 2012)
GDP
3.9
Percent
Annual GDP growth. Agriculture accounts for 14.8 percent of added value (World Bank, 2012)
Farmers
18.9
Thousand
Producers using new technology and skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY13
Sales
$59
Million
Value of Feed the Future farmer sales in FY13
Nutrition
33.8
Percent
Reduction in prevalence of underweight children under 2 among targeted beneficiaries
Land
16
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY13
Investment
$4.4
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY13
The agriculture sector stands as the top source of income for the poor in Honduras

Honduras has experienced a moderate recovery since the 2008-2009 global economic downturn. Despite this encouraging trend, economic gains over the past several years have largely favored the middle and upper classes, leading to greater income disparity in the country. Poverty and undernutrition continue to rob many Hondurans of the opportunity to lead a productive life, stunting the development trajectory of the next generation. More than 1.7 million Hondurans live below the national poverty line, with more than 20 percent living on $1.25 a day or less, without access to basic services such as clean water, energy and infrastructure (only 20 percent of the roads in Honduras are paved).

Results by the numbers*

  • More than 18,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices on more than 16,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers sold more than $59 million (USD) worth of agricultural products
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $4 million (USD) in new private investment in food and agriculture in Honduras
  • The prevalence of underweight children

Honduras is a land of great potential. Agriculture remains the primary engine for rural incomes and investment, generating 38 percent of all employment and 60 percent of rural employment. With modest national growth of 3.25 percent in 2012, agriculture contributed 14 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 70 percent of total exports.

Through its Country Investment Plan, the Government of Honduras aims to realize this potential by reducing poverty and food insecurity through partnerships and strategic investment. The government seeks to reduce the number of rural families living in poverty by 10 percent through continual and sustained inclusive growth of agricultural GDP,

USAID programs:

Browse the resources below for more on food security and nutrition activities in Honduras.

Feed the Future Latin America and the Caribbean Fact Sheet
Food for Peace Program in Honduras

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Target Regions

Map of Feed the Future target regions in Honduras