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Vecinos Honduras (VH)

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Public Statement 2014

Title Promotion of Ecological Agriculture in Communities of Danlí County, El Paraíso
Type of organization Nongovernmental organization
Country Honduras
Duration  Two years
IAF Funding   $133,500
Counterpart Committed $84,630 ($72,815 in cash; $11,815 in kind)
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 850
Indirect: 1,092
Primary program areas Agriculture/food production

Organizational background:
VH was founded in 2009 and legally constituted the same year. It works mostly in rural areas to improve the living standards of the local population. Its administrative structure includes a general assembly and an executive board. The board sets the policy and hires a coordinator to manage daily operations with the support of a small staff, including volunteers. VH has received funding from the Kenoli Foundation of Canada.

Project Objective:
To enable farm families to reduce their dependence on coffee production, diversify their food supply and apply “agroecological” practices that benefit the environment

VH will enable coffee farmers in seven communities in the Azabache zone of the municipality of Danlí, department of El Paraíso, to reduce their dependency on a single crop, introduce the cultivation of fruits and vegetables and apply “agroecological” practices that protect their soil and water supply. Training will also help them manage their rural savings and loan associations more effectively. The work will benefit 850 farmers and members of their families directly and another 1,092 Hondurans indirectly.

Rationale for funding:
This project will contribute to the cluster of grants funding crop diversification and the adoption of responsible agricultural methods in the IAF portfolio in Honduras. Given the double crisis gripping coffee farmers in Honduras and most of Central America (i.e., roya, a fungus, and broca, a worm), this project is especially relevant for El Paraíso, the Honduran department that produces the most coffee. Experiences through this project will also contribute to shared learning among IAF grantees addressing the coffee crisis throughout the region.

Learning Opportunity:
The project should show whether diversification of crops and the application of agroecological practices can result in better income for farmers and a more secure food supply.