Public Statement 2015
|Strengthening the Production Chain Among Indigenous Women of Lenca Origen for Food Security|
|Federation of base groups|
|Counterpart Committed||$177,990: $130,190 in cash; $47,800 in kind|
|Number of direct &
|Primary program areas||Agriculture/food production, environment, education/ training|
AMIR, a federation of 25 base groups, was founded in 1980 and became legally constituted in 2004. Its mission is to achieve equality and equity between men and women while encouraging economic, social, political, cultural and religious activities rooted in the values of indigenous Lenca women. The cornerstone for AMIR’s activities is the rational use of natural resources. AMIR’s general assembly of 163 women elects a nine-member executive board and a three-member oversight committee every two years. To manage daily operations, the executive board appoints a general director, subject to approval by the general assembly. AMIR actively promotes microenterprise development and nonformal education. It owns the building that houses its small processing plant. DAN Church AID and IBIS of Denmark, Heifer International and TROCAIRE of Ireland have provided financial support.
To improve food security, nutrition and income for indigenous Honduran women.
AMIR, comprised of indigenous women from rural areas of the municipalities of Intibucá and San Francisco de Opalaca, will train its members in farming methods compatible with the responsible use of the environment and in effective approaches to marketing the fruit and jam that they process and will improve its storage facilities. The result should be a more reliable food supply, better use of natural resources and improved household income. Some 300 Hondurans will benefit directly and another 3,000 indirectly.
Rationale for Funding
Indigenous women also face discrimination within their own community. Since 1980 AMIR has been fighting on behalf of these women for better treatment. It proposes to improve their food production, food security, nutrition and access to markets as well as its own business skills and the services it offers its members.
AMIR will demonstrate how indigenous women apply practices that lead to food security and better income for their households.