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Honduras

The agriculture sector stands as the top source of income for the poor in Honduras, providing employment and opportunities for economic growth. Feed the Future provides assistance to poor Honduran households to increase their incomes by moving away from subsistence farming to market-driven production systems in high-value crops, improving animal production systems, diversifying income sources, improving access to credit, and expanding off-farm microenterprise opportunities.

  • 30 THOUSAND
    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY16
  • $50 MILLION
    New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY16 from agricultural sales
  • 52 THOUSAND
    People trained in child health and nutrition in FY16
  • $11 MILLION
    Value of agricultural and rural loans unlocked by Feed the Future in FY16

Impact

  • 22 THOUSAND
    Families living in poverty increased their incomes from an average of $0.90 person per day to $1.38 person per day in 2016
  • 30 PERCENT
    Reduction in the prevalence of stunting in children under 5 years old in the areas where Feed the Future has worked since 2012

Key Achievements

Feed the Future helped 21,817 families living in poverty increase their incomes from an average of $0.90 person per day to $1.38 person per day in 2016. Nearly 5,000 households — or 25,000 people — rose above the extreme poverty line ($1.25 a day).

Feed the Future increasingly worked on issues of governance, natural resource management, and dialogue with indigenous communities to ensure long-term viability of irrigation and other uses of water. In 2016, Feed the Future and the Government of Honduras helped more than 5,000 farmers access irrigation.

The Government of Honduras’ ministries and local governments are adopting a planning tool developed by Feed the Future to better allocate scarce water resources between competing uses. The Government of Honduras and other donors in under the Alliance for the Dry Corridor Initiative in Honduras are replicating Feed the Future’s market-oriented approach to agriculture.

Source

These results reflect information from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Treasury (through the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program), reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for fiscal year 2016 (FY16). Impact data for poverty and stunting statistics comes from a 2015 population-based survey by the International Food Policy Research Institute. All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.

Strategy

  • Build government capacity to promote food security
  • Improve nutrition for mothers and children
  • Increase production of horticulture and coffee among the poor and enhance the competitiveness of these value chains
  • Strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations

Zones of Influence in Honduras

Map of Honduras
  • La Paz
  • Intibucá
  • Lempira
  • Ocotepeque
  • Copán
  • Santa Bárbara

Background Stats

  • 1.7 MILLION
    Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions
  • 3.6 PERCENT
    Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 13.6% of added value (World Bank, 2016)
  • 45 PERCENT
    Percentage of population living in rural Honduras (World Bank, 2016)
  • 45.8 PERCENT
    Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions 

Value Chains

  • Horticulture
  • Coffee
  • Maize/Corn
  • Beans

Approach

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 limit many Hondurans from leading more productive lives, therefore hampering the development of the next generation. More than 63.8 percent of Hondurans live below the national poverty line and are without access to basic services such as clean water, energy and infrastructure (just over 20 percent of the roads in Honduras are paved). The lack of basic services exacerbates poor health and sanitation, particularly in rural areas, where some 60 percent of Honduras’ extreme poor reside. Twenty-five percent of children are stunted in rural western Honduras, where Feed the Future works.

The agriculture sector stands as the top source of income for the poor in Honduras, providing employment and opportunities for economic growth. Yet, Honduras is also one of the most vulnerable countries to climate shocks, which exacerbate poverty and food insecurity and make agriculture more difficult as some areas become warmer and rain patterns become more erratic, altering production and market patterns.

Feed the Future provides assistance to poor Honduran households to increase their incomes by moving away from subsistence farming to market-driven production systems in high-value crops, improving animal production systems, diversifying income sources, improving access to credit, and expanding off-farm microenterprise opportunities. Health and nutrition interventions are strengthening community health centers and volunteer services, with a focus on children under five years of age, and improving household diets, child feeding practices, and household hygiene.

Feed the Future introduces adaptive agricultural practices to improve crop and household resilience. Feed the Future also ensures that both women and men benefit from new opportunities by supporting post-production jobs and enterprises, which are ideal opportunities for rural women

Activities

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Honduras.

  • ACCESS to Markets
  • Central America Agribusiness and Logistics Regional Program
  • Coffee Rust Support
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Grain Legumes
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management
  • Food Security and Policy Effectiveness Regional Program
  • Regional Trade and Market Alliances Regional Program
  • Renewable Energy PODER (Fondo Hondureño de Inversion Social)
  • Alliance for the Dry Corridor Activity (ACS-USAID)
  • USDA Food for Progress Program
  • USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program
  • USDA Regional Sanitary and Phytosanitary and Market Information Systems Program

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