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.
- World Bank
To date, the project has benefitted 41,015 people (33 percent women); provided 28,927 days of extension services to farmers, community members, and other beneficiaries, of which 15,605 days were to women; provided 10,229 client days of nutrition training; and installed new irrigation and drainage services in 431.69 hectares of land area, against a 1,000 hectare end-of-project target. Because of PROSASUR’s support for enhancing nutritional status, 5,494 households are implementing a food security plan, 105 community nutritional sub-projects are being implemented, 2,806 household hygiene investments are complete, and 3,287 children under age two attend the growth monitoring program. Because of the project’s activities to promote climate change adaptation and mitigation among its beneficiaries, 300 hectares of land with new irrigation systems are at the design stage and 5,494
food security plans, 60 business plans, and 44 off-farm business initiatives are being implemented.
Task Teem Leader & Senior Agricultural Specialist
Senior Agriculture Economist
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