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Organización para el Desarrollo de Corquín (ODECO-Corquín)

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Public Statement 2015

Title Improving Food Security
Type of organization Local nongovernmental organization
Country Honduras
Duration  Three years
IAF Funding   $200,185
Counterpart Committed $151,895 ($73,685 in cash, $78,210 in kind)
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 1,000
Indirect: 2,000
Primary program areas Environment, Agriculture/Food Production

Organizational background
Organización para el Desarrollo de Corquín (ODECO-Corquín), a nongovernmental organization that became legally constituted in 1994, offers services to farmers in six municipalities in the departments of Copan, Lempira and Ocotepeque in western Honduras. It emphasizes agriculture compatible with the responsible use of the environment, food security and microcredit. A general assembly of 40 members and a board of five directors, elected every two years, govern ODECO-Corquín. The board is responsible for hiring administrative and technical staff. Over the last 19 years, ODECO-Corquín has undertaken 95 projects benefiting 80,000 Hondurans. It has received support from Oxfam, the International Cooperation for Development and Heifer Project International.

Project Objective
To improve food security and further the development of organizations in Corquín and San Pedro de Copán in western Honduras.

ODECO-Corquín will involve 200 families and one elementary school in its effort to improve food security, including by composting organic waste and introducing children to responsible farming methods, and to develop community councils in urban areas of the municipalities of Corquín and San Pedro de Copán. The work will benefit 1,000 Hondurans directly and 2,000 indirectly.

Rationale for funding:
The award would be consistent with two priorities for the IAF’s Honduras portfolio: improving the reliability of the food supply and furthering community development. ODECO-Corquín’s experience with rural food security can be applied to an urban setting. Families with little or no land, and often suffering from health problems and poor nutrition, make up the target population. The grantee will encourage partnerships with local government.

Learning Opportunity
ODECO-Corquín can offer insights into coordinated efforts that are effective in improving food security in an urban area, reducing trash that would otherwise end up in a land fill and integrating responsible agricultural techniques into the elementary-school curriculum.