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Asociación de Consejeros para una Agricultura Sostenible, Ecológica y Humana (COSECHA)

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Public Statement 2014

Title Program for Sustainable Agriculture and Water Management in Alubarén, Francisco Morazán, Honduras
Type of organization Nongovernmental organization
Country Honduras
Duration  Three years
IAF Funding   $251,100
Counterpart Committed $206,635 ($156, 835 in cash;$49,800 in kind)
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 290
Indirect: 1,740  
Primary program areas Agriculture/food production; Environment


Organizational background:
COSECHA is a nongovernmental organization of campesinos founded in 1992 and legally constituted the same year. Its mission is to advance development through training and experimenting with sustainable agriculture technologies based on the resources available to farm families. COSECHA’s staff comprises farmers from the project area.

Project Objective:
To increase the availability and diversity of food for farm families, improve income through the sale of excess production and protect natural resources in the drought-stricken region of Francisco Morazán.

Description: 
COSECHA will work in 18 communities in the municipalities of Alubarén, Cuarén and Reitoca in the southern region of the department of Francisco Morazán to encourage the use of environmentally responsible farming methods and to improve practices of water management. Forty residents will be trained as volunteer extension agents who will offer the necessary training and technical assistance. The work will benefit 290 Hondurans directly and another 1,740 indirectly.

Rationale for funding:
This project leverages local volunteers to expand the grantee’s reach into new communities, and it is consistent with the Honduras portfolio’s focus on environmentally responsible rural development. COSECHA has a long history as a recognized leader in sustainable agriculture and water conservation. This project would prove especially useful to improving conditions in a neglected area with weak social capital and a lack of community organizations.

Learning Opportunity:
This project should show the effectiveness of trained volunteers to transfer agricultural skills and conservation practices.