In large part due to its strategic location for drug traffickers, Honduras has some of the highest rates of crime and violence in the world (66 homicides per 100,000 people in 2014), which has wide implications for quality of life and business growth potential. More than half of Hondurans live below the national poverty line ($2.30/day) and 46% in extreme poverty ($1.81/day), with rural poverty accounting for 70% of all poverty. The agricultural sector generates 38% of all employment and the majority of rural employment, yet Honduras is highly dependent on imports for its food needs. About half of the population of Honduras is rural and 72% of agricultural families are dedicated to subsistence agriculture on small plots of land. It is estimated that one in four children are undernourished and stunted. Agriculture remains the primary source of income and food security for rural communities, but its productivity is low and vulnerable to external risks. Honduras has consistently been identified as one of the countries most affected by climate change, with over 60 instances of extreme weather events over the past two decades.
PROSASUR enhances the food and nutrition security of vulnerable households in selected geographical locations of the Corredor Seco (dry corridor) in the western and southern areas of Honduras, where rural poverty is concentrated. It is part of the government’s Corredor Seco Alliance initiative, supported by the EU, USAID, and GAFSP. The project increases the household availability of quality food and the incomes of poor rural residents as a basis for improving nutrition and reducing child stunting. Technical assistance, training, and extension services are carried out through subprojects based on technically and financially viable business plans and/or incremental food security plans. These subprojects ultimately increase food and agricultural production, introduce high-value crops, increase market links, and expand nonfarm revenue generation. The project builds on existing evidence-based interventions in community child health and nutrition by focusing on access to diverse and quality foods, improved nutrition-related behavior, child growth monitoring, and improved hygiene at the household level. Subproject investments for value chain development were designed for high-value crops for small-scale rural producers’ organizations/small enterprises and are expected to generate on-farm and off-farm jobs, including processing and postharvest processes. Investments to ensure food security and for high-value crops production are based on climate-smart agricultural initiatives intended to promote sustainability and adaptation.
Supervising entityWorld Bank
Up to 4,268 households (35 percent of total target) are benefiting from different activities implemented through household and collective plans financed by PROSASUR in 25 municipalities of the Dry Corridor. 4,554 different plans are being implemented with these households, while 532 new plans in an additional 2,047 households were recently formulated. PROSASUR is helping 3,242 households to implement their food security plans. 1,264 households are implementing hygiene plans and 1,209 children under the age of two are participating in the monitoring program. A first group of 20 agricultural business plans to produce sesame, avocado, coffee, horticulture, citrus, and basic grains is ready to start implementation in 2019. Another 27 business plans are being prepared and 236 hectares of irrigation systems are being designed or installed.
Task Teem Leader & Senior Agricultural Specialist
Senior Agriculture Economist
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