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Corredor Seco Food Security Project (PROSASUR)

$30 million to improve food security, undernutrition and rural poverty in the most vulnerable areas.

Challenge

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.

Solution

PROSASUR enhances the food and nutrition security of vulnerable households in select geographical locations in the Corredor Seco (dry corridor) of Honduras’s western and southern areas, where rural poverty is concentrated, and is part of the government’s Corredor Seco Alliance initiative, supported by the European Union, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and GAFSP. The project increases household availability of quality food and incomes of poor rural residents as a basis for improving nutrition and reducing child stunting. The project also 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. Sub-projects that are based on technically and financially viable business plans and/or incremental food security plans and that are designed for small-scale rural producers’ organizations/small enterprises carry out technical assistance, training, and extension services to increase food and agricultural production, introduce high-value crops, increase market links, and expand non-farm revenue generation and are expected to generate on- and off-farm jobs, including processing and post-harvest processes. Investments to ensure food security and for high-value crops production are based on climate smart agriculture initiatives intended to promote sustainability and adaptation.

Project Status

Active

Country

  • Honduras

Funding

Public

Focus area

  • Nutrition

Supervising entity

  • World Bank

Results

As of December 2020, the project has benefitted 54,465 people (32 percent women) and has provided 36,725 days of extension services to farmers, community members, and other beneficiaries, of which 20,949 days were to women; 24,270 client days of training to scientists, extension agents, agro-dealers, farmers, and community members to raise agricultural productivity; and 715.42 with irrigation and drainage services (71 percent of the end-of-project target), of which 447 hectares have been installed. As a result, 5,162 farmers have adopted the promoted technology and average agricultural productivity increase has reached 783.26 kilograms per hectare, surpassing by 14 percent the end-of-project target of 685. Regarding the Dietary Diversity Score, the project accounts for 70 percent of the children under five and their mothers who are project beneficiaries consuming at least four food groups, surpassing the 60 percent target, and 3,297 children under the age of two (137 percent of the end-of-project target) are participating in the project’s growth monitoring and promotion component. 

Further, PROSASUR has implemented 11,196 plans so far, benefiting 10,893 households (99 percent of the end-of-project target). The number of agriculture business plans has increased from 60 plans in May 2020 to 112 plans in December (75 percent of the end-of-project target), benefiting 1,536 households. The adverse sanitary and natural events that hit the country hampered the project’s ability to measure annual average increase in household sales; consequently, the current amount of US$133 corresponds only to the first batch of 60 business plans. Additionally, there are 70 non-agriculture business plans under implementation (70 percent of the end-of-project target) benefiting 560 households, of which 41 (59 percent) are for women; 6,551 food and nutrition security plans (109 percent of the end-of-project target); 4,341 household hygiene plans (109 percent of the end-of-project target); and 302 community nutrition plans (121 percent of the end-of-project target).

Contact

Augusto Garcia
Task Teem Leader & Senior Agricultural Specialist
garcia2@worldbank.org 

Bayarsaikhan Tumurdaava
Senior Agriculture Economist
tbayarsaihan@worldbank.org