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Asociación Solidaridad

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Public Statement 2017

Title Agroecological production and solidarity groups in Opatoro, La Paz
Type of organization Grassroots support organization
Country Honduras
Duration  Three years
IAF Funding   Anticipated funding amount: $208,100
Counterpart Committed  $94,910 (In cash: US$65,850; In kind: US$29,060)
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 270
Indirect: 600
Primary program areas Agriculture, Training/Education, environment


Organization

Founded in 2001 and legally constituted in 2005, SOLIDARIDAD is a grassroots support organization whose mission is to improve the living conditions of families in rural areas through sustainable development and agroecological production using the Finca Humana (Human Farm) approach. SOLIDARIDAD has received financial support from seven European funders and from Oxfam, and belongs to several large networks that focus on food security and sustainable agriculture.

SOLIDARIDAD uses a family model of engagement that includes women and children, and encourages mutual assistance within and among communities through solidarity groups. To exchange ideas and experiences beyond the community level, SOLIDARIDAD supports the creation of regional solidarity councils whose goals are similar to the solidarity groups: analysis, reflection, training and planning for future training, and strengthening the agency of its members. SOLIDARIDAD’s efforts have inspired farmers to create economic structures that go beyond the solidarity groups and councils, including a solidarity store, where farmers collectively buy and sell products and share profits; solidarity banks, where organized families make agreements to save and loan money; and regional producers’ associations made up of producers of the solidarity groups.

Development Objective

 To improve food security, peer learning, and mutual assistance among farmers in Honduras through agroecological production and the creation of solidarity groups. 

Project Description
Fundación Chorotega (FUNDACHOR) will build the capacity of five groups of predominately female shrimp producers to increase their incomes by offering training, technical assistance, materials, and exchanges, and assessing the creation of a shrimp producers’ association. The grant will benefit 140 producers directly and another 500 individuals indirectly in Namasigue, in the department of Choluteca. 

Rationale for Funding

Challenging environmental conditions and a lack of mechanisms for peer learning limit farmers to unpredictable agricultural yields and increase vulnerability to climate-related events and fluctuating market forces. SOLIDARIDAD will introduce agroecological production methods that address unpredictable yields to improve food security and help establish solidarity groups to strengthen bonds among farmers. 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.

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

SOLIDARIDAD’s focus on agroecology, family engagement and gender help to improve community well-being through better nutrition and positive relationships. This may contribute to the prevention of violence and the creation of lasting organizations at the community and municipal levels, such as a regional farmers associations. Within the farmer-to-farmer peer learning approach of the agroecology movement, this project could provide insight on how solidarity groups support farmers’ decision-making processes related to both food production and gender roles. This project will also allow the IAF to deepen its understanding of the Finca Humana approach in the current context of challenging environmental conditions.