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Feed the Future works in the regions of La Paz, Intibucá, Lempira, Ocotepeque, Copán and Santa Bárbara.

Feed The Future Impact

  • 30%
    Estimated reduction in the prevalence of stunting in children under the age of 5 in the areas where Feed the Future has worked since 2012

Value Chains

  • Coffee
  • Fruits and Vegetables
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  • 1.7M

    Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions (Feed the Future ZOI Survey, 2015)

  • 2.7%

    Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 10.7 percent of added value (World Bank, 2019)

  • 42%

    Percentage of population living in rural Honduras (World Bank, 2019)

  • 45.8%

    Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions (Feed the Future ZOI Survey, 2015)

Our Strategy

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Strengthen market-led agricultural development

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Build government capacity to deliver key services that improve food security

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Improve nutrition for mothers and children

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Strengthen resilience to shocks

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Diversify high-value crops

Our Progress

  • 35,000

    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY19

  • $125.6M

    Annual agricultural sales generated by Honduran farms and firms in FY19

  • 13,000

    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY19

Our Work

Honduras has experienced a moderate recovery since the 2008-2009 global economic downturn. But 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. More than 60 percent of Honduras’ population living in extreme poverty is from rural areas with limited access to basic services such as safe water, energy and infrastructure. Twenty-five percent of children in rural western Honduras suffer from stunting. Feed the Future helps communities combat malnutrition and strengthen resilience by diversifying production and incomes. Feed the Future is also forging relationships with key agribusinesses and other private sector service providers who are expanding inclusive opportunities in the agricultural marketplace, including increasing access to new technologies.

Diversifying to Higher-Value Crops

As a cornerstone of its efforts in Honduras, Feed the Future helps farmers grow a variety of crops, in addition to the traditional subsistence crops of corn and beans. Horticulture is critical for income diversification as these crops generate an average of $4,000 per hectare versus an average of $300 per hectare for a staple crop such as corn, enabling families to increase their incomes and move out of poverty.

Since 2015, Feed the Future investments have helped over 250,000 people increase their incomes by diversifying their subsistence farming production to higher-value crops.

Strengthening Resilience to Shocks and Stresses

Events such as floods and droughts can have devastating impacts on Honduran farmers who rely on crop production for income. Feed the Future is helping these families diversify their incomes so they can be better prepared for these shocks and stresses.

These efforts include training and other support for animal production, including products such as dairy and eggs, which provide valuable supplemental income. In addition, Feed the Future is unlocking access to irrigation to mitigate the impact of drought and grow crops year-round. In 2019, nearly 11,000 farmers applied irrigation technologies to their plots.

Feed the Future’s efforts are creating a better future for Hondurans through increased access to water, credit and markets.

Source

These results reflect information from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for fiscal year 2019 (FY19). Impact data for poverty and stunting statistics come from a 2015 population-based survey by the International Food Policy Research Institute. For more information on the indicators above, please view our Feed the Future Indicator Handbook. All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.

Our Activities

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

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  • Alliance for the Dry Corridor Activity
  • Central America Agribusiness and Logistics Regional Program
  • Coffee Rust Support
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Grain Legumes
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss
  • Feed the Future Partnership for Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Root Capital
  • The Coffee Alliance Activity
  • Transforming Market Systems Activity
  • USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program

Related Resources

November 29, 2018

Feed the Future Honduras Country Plan

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June 18, 2015

Honduras Feed the Future Baseline Report

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November 30, 2011

Honduras Feed the Future FY2010 Implementation Plan

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