Public Statement 2017Strengthening organizational and productive capacities of rural families and marketing of their products in the Valle de Sesecapa, Ocotepeque
|Type of organization||Non-governmental organization|
|IAF Funding|| $246,750
$166,675: $70,950 cash; $95,725 in-kind
|Number of direct &
|Direct: 400 and
|Primary program areas||Agriculture/food production, Enterprise Development, Environment|
Legally constituted in 2007, La Asociación del Trifinio para el Desarrollo Sostenible (ATRIDEST) is an NGO operating in the southwest department of Ocotepeque. ATRIDEST belongs to a much larger trinational structure called Plan Trifinio, comprised of governmental and nongovernmental representatives from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Plan Trifinio develops shared goals and executes projects, particularly in rural economic development and environmental protection. While ATRIDEST does have a seat at the table for discussions of trinational interest, it operates autonomously and has its own projects and board. Its mission is to improve the well-being and livelihoods of the population living in Ocotepeque, through organizational strengthening, promoting sustainable resource management and the use of local capacity for the benefit of organized collective entities.
ATRIDEST’s general assembly of 14 professionals and 11 farmers meets once a year and is the maximum authority of the organization. The board of directors is made up of 10 people elected by the assembly for a two-year period, five of whom are secretaries of priority thematic areas: environmental protection, environmental education, integration, production and marketing, and rural development. ATRIDEST has a technical team of four, including a project coordinator, administrator, social worker and agricultural technician.
Over 10 years, ATRIDEST has worked on food security, environmental resiliency, local economic development, tourism and health. ATRIDEST is part of a network of 16 non-governmental organizations in Honduras (Asociación de Organismos No Gubernamentales), and the network Jicatuyo Foundation that supports development initiatives in western Honduras. It has formed alliances and coordinated with indigenous Chorti groups, women’s groups and youth, among others.
To increase agricultural production and expand income generation opportunities for families in the Valle de Sesecapa, Ocotepeque.
Support to ATRIDEST will help address the lack of employment opportunities, especially for youth, and extreme weather-linked food insecurity in the southwestern department of Ocotepeque. ATRIDEST will carry out project activities with 140 farmers in 10 communities to improve production by setting up farm field schools to share sustainable strategies, such as integrated pest management, drip irrigation and the use of organic inputs. ATRIDEST will also work with community savings and loan organizations (or CRACs for their acronym in Spanish) to support market-driven production initiatives for their farming and community members with a goal of increasing their productivity and income. ATRIDEST proposes to use a novel approach using field schools as a method for transfer of technology for CRACs, creating mutual benefits like connecting directly to markets. The project will directly benefit 400 farmers and another 6,300 indirectly including their families and members of the 10 communities.
Rationale for Funding
ATRIDEST seeks to connect rural producers with urban markets, as well as to meet a demand for vegetables in neighboring El Salvador. This support will help catalyze economic activity to increase income for farmers and youth, create jobs and possibly stem migration, especially among youth. 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.
IAF will benefit from learning how a network of tourism providers in Honduras can represent communities and include them in decision-making. This project may help reveal the market drivers of community-based tourism, for example, by gaining insight on whether professionalizing business operations can positively influence perceptions of community-based tourism. This project will also allow IAF to deepen its understanding of the environmental challenges facing communities on the country’s north coast and in particular those located near protected areas.