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Best practices and mitigation in Honduras

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General Information 

Project type:
TTraining, implementation of best agricultural practices for mitigation and food security.

Location:
Honduras, western region

Implementation:
February-September 2016

Beneficiaries:
Small producers of subsistence crops

Associated organizations:
ICADE, USAID OFDA, MUNICIPALITY, ICF, USAID MERCADO

Donors:
USAID, OFDA, LAC- IRG

 

About the project

This project was designed to protect natural resources and reduce vulnerability to climate change especially due to drought, for 40 poor families in high-risk areas in western Honduras.

The project was carried out under the framework of a sustainable development strategy with a focus on gender and food and nutritional security.

Building Resilient Communities aimed to strengthen the technical capacity of the inhabitants of Santa Fe to improve cleaner production systems and reduce vulnerability, primarily related to mitigating the effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

The project benefited 26 small producers of subsistence crop products such as beans, onions, corn, cucumbers and cabbage, in two communities of Santa Fe Ocotepeque, near the border between Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

In the municipality of Santa Fe, deforestation and the lack of protection of water sources, among other problems, are making the water supply scarcer each year. If the necessary measures are not taken, this situation will become irreversible.

Meteorological drought is synonymous with food insecurity and a lack of soil productivity, because it causes instability in production cycles and the availability of food for the population.

According to independent studies, the community of Santa Fe is prone to landslide risks due to soil properties, the cultivation techniques used, and deforestation. The area is also characterized by the extreme poverty of its inhabitants and the high level of illiteracy and food and nutritional insecurity.

 
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Outcomes

At the end of the training sessions and the intervention in the community, the population was better prepared to confront adverse situations, mainly drought, which is a recurring phenomenon.

Local awareness was raised about the importance of preventing illegal logging and sound water use. Quality of life improved with the implementation of initiatives for mitigation such as improved woodstoves, ecological latrines, best agricultural practices, basins for storing water and home gardens.

Other benefits the project afforded the community include:

  • Water storage basins for family use to reduce and improve water use.
  • Filters for gray water management.
  • Eco-woodstoves to minimize health risks to families from smoke and illegal logging. These stoves will improve household economy by lowering family expenses for fuel purchase.
  • Sanitary latrines to minimize the impact of outdoor fecal disposal and related impacts on health.