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Grupo Güinopeño Ambientalista (G. Guia)

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Public Statement 2013

Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Five Communities of Yauyupe, El Paraíso and Maraita, Francisco Morazán
Type of organization Nongovernmental organization
Country Honduras
Duration  Three years
IAF funding   $203,950
Counterpart committed $60,625
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 190
Indirect: 1,330
Primary program area Agriculture/food production & Environment

Organizational Background:
Grupo Guia was founded in 1997 and became legally constituted in 1999. Its mission is to maximize the benefit of the natural, social and economic resources available to families and organizations in communities in Yauyupe and Maraita in southern Honduras. Grupo Guia’s principal activity is development through sustainable agriculture, conservation and natural resource management, and community organization. Grupo Guia is governed by a seven-member executive board, elected by a nine-member general assembly that includes farmers, teachers, a nurse, a bookkeeper and an agricultural technician committed to community work. The executive board develops policy and a coordinator oversees daily operations in collaboration with field technicians, other specialists and volunteers.

Project Objective:
To enable rural households and community groups to improve food production and protect natural resources.

Project Description:
Grupo Guia will provide training and related technical assistance in five communities from the municipalities of Yauype and Maraita in southern Honduras to help farmers and their families apply effective conservation practices and manage their water supply as well as plant gardens and raise small livestock for sale and household use. The project will benefit 190 Hondurans directly and another 1,330 indirectly.

Rationale for Funding:
Marginal land, destructive agricultural practices and frequent natural disasters undermine food security for many households in southern Honduras. G. Guia’s project should result in a more reliable food supply and also protect natural resources. This grantee has decades of experience with sound agricultural and conservation practices that benefit farmers in this region.

Learning Objective:
This project should offer insight into the effectiveness of a nongovernmental organization’s support for the some of the poorest, most remote and most neglected communities in southern Honduras.