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Fundación en Acción Comunitaria de Honduras

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Public Statement 2017

Title Improving agricultural production and access to water in Sulaco, Yoro
Type of organization Non-governmental organization
Country Honduras
Duration  Three years
IAF Funding   $209,000
Counterpart Committed

$169,535: $94,255 cash; $75,280 in-kind

Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 850 and 
Indirect: 950
Primary program areas Agriculture/food production, Environment


Organization

Founded in 2009 and legally constituted in 2011, FUNACH’s mission is to improve the quality of life of families in Yoro by constructing a democratic and more just and inclusive society. FUNACH is made up of a general assembly of 25 people, including 22 from Yoro and three from other departments. The assembly includes the Board of Directors which is comprised of three men and four women. FUNACH has a staff of 12, including seven full time staff and five consultants. The day-to-day decisions for project management are made in consensus by the director, administrator and one staff person, typically the project coordinator.

FUNACH’s programs have been located in 40 communities in Sulaco and Victoria municipalities for over a decade and encompass organizational strengthening, economic development, environmental protection, entrepreneurship, community forestry, disaster risk evaluation and response, violence reduction and youth leadership. FUNACH has worked with local community organizations to organize a union of rural savings and loan organizations (cajas rurales) and a federation of water administration boards. Its activities have also strengthened two coffee cooperatives, formed two women’s networks and a municipal youth commission. To promote sustainable and ecologically sound agriculture (or agroecological) practices, FUNACH has also established eight food security working groups, supported nine local agricultural research committees, and established more than 250 agroforestry parcels, irrigation systems and rainwater capture systems.

Development Objective 

To ensure food security and increase families’ income through the introduction of sustainable and ecologically sound agricultural production methods.

Project Description
FUNACH will work with families and local organizations to establish agroforestry systems in eight communities in the municipality of Sulaco in the department of Yoro. FUNACH will facilitate materials and technical assistance to increase yield of coffee and grains, protect community water sources, enhance water collection and use at the household level, and enrich nutrition through vegetable garden plots. In addition, FUNACH will provide training to at least 19 community groups to improve their leadership and decision-making processes. The project will directly benefit 850 people and indirectly benefit 950 people.

Rationale for Funding

FUNACH is the only nongovernmental organization working in Sulaco that addresses both production and environmental resiliency through a network of formal and informal community organizations. FUNACH will work with families to introduce agroforestry production methods that address extreme weather, the continued deterioration of watersheds, and an increasing vulnerability to food shortages. This project will address factors of environmental degradation that may induce migration as well as strengthen organizations that contribute to community resiliency. 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

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.