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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*
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,