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Asociación Nacional para el Fomento de la Agricultura Ecológica

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Public Statement 2017

Title Organizational Strengthening of the ANAFAE Network to Promote Agroecology and Food Sovereignty in Honduras
Type of organization Association
Country Honduras
Duration  Three years
IAF Funding   $278,000
Counterpart Committed $126,585
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 100 community trainers and staff of 15 organizations
Indirect: 10,000 farmers
Primary program areas Education and training


Organization

The ANAFAE network was founded in 1995 and legally established in October 2000. ANAFAE is a leading nonprofit member association, composed of 30 local and national nongovernmental organizations, farmers associations, indigenous and community-based groups that promote agroecology and sustainable rural development.

The ANAFAE network has a general assembly composed of representatives of its 30 member organizations, which meets annually. ANAFAE’s board of directors is elected by the general assembly for a period of two years. The board names the national coordinator and ensures implementation of the network’s statutes, strategic plan, and resolutions adopted by the general assembly. The board meets four times a year and is composed of five people, one elected representative from each of ANAFAE’s four regions and a board president, who is generally based in Tegucigalpa. ANAFAE’s national coordinator is responsible for overall management of the coordination office, including its technical and administrative teams.

ANAFAE’s proven methodologies include farmer-to-farmer peer learning, schools for volunteer agroecology promoters and field schools for farmers. ANAFAE’s experience has demonstrated that agroecology is an alternative form of food production capable of ensuring adequate food supplies for agricultural producers’ families.

ANAFAE has received funding from regional and international organizations such as the Central American Food Security and Food Sovereignty Network, Veterinarians without Borders and Heifer International.

Development Objective 

To strengthen member organizations of the ANAFAE network and empower communities to have greater control over their food production throughout Honduras. This will be achieved through promoting sustainable and ecologically sound agriculture methods.

Project Description
ANAFAE will work with 15 of its partner organizations and national coordination office to improve members’ knowledge, skills, and abilities to promote sustainable and ecologically sound agriculture methods (agroecology) in the drought-prone southern and western regions of Honduras. Project activities focus on technical assistance and other peer-learning methods like training of trainers, on topics that include expanding ANAFAE member organizations’ transparency and accountability capacity, as well as strengthening overall coordination among the groups. ANAFAE will also seek to expand communications activities to raise awareness of successful outcomes and promising practices in agroecology with the general public and policy makers, and potentially contribute to increased resource mobilization for both individual members and the association as a whole. The project will directly benefit approximately 100 community trainers and technical staff in ANAFAE’s member organizations in the southern and central western regions of the country, and indirectly benefit 10,000 farmers in communities they serve.

Rationale for Funding

The ANAFAE network has become the primary reference point on agroecology in Honduras, recognized both nationally and internationally. Support for ANAFAE’s collective institutional strengthening initiative multiplies overall impact, is more cost effective than individual efforts, and incorporates peer learning throughout the entire process. The project strengthens member organizations’ institutional sustainability, and expands agroecology training and practices for thousands of farmers in Honduras. Such practices have allowed many rural families to remain on their land even in the face of particularly difficult environmental conditions, to reduce seasonal and cross-border migration, and to generate additional employment in agricultural processing.
This grant is part of a broader IAF initiative focused on supporting economic prosperity, democracy, and governance consistent with the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America.

Learning Opportunity

Through this grant the IAF has an opportunity to learn how to effectively support institutional development of multiple organizations facing similar challenges, in a structured, participatory and strategic manner. Building the ANAFAE network’s strategic communications abilities will shed light on how raising public awareness on its activities can expand knowledge and use of agroecological practices and its benefits. The project has the potential to represent a longer term partnership between the IAF and ANAFAE on research and collective learning in agroecology and sustainable agriculture within Honduras and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, under IAF’s Sustainable Smallholder Agriculture strategic initiative.