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Honduras

13

Projects Includes planned, ongoing and closed projects

US$ 302.3 million

Total Project Cost

US$ 148.91 million

Total IFAD financing

176,500

Households impacted


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The Context

Honduras is a middle-income country in Central America that battles persistent poverty, food insecurity and socio-economic inequality. In 2015, 45 per cent of the population lived in rural areas. The country faces major challenges, with a 2016 poverty rate of 66 per cent The indigenous population (representing 6.5 per cent of the total population) has the highest rate of poverty, at 71 per cent.

About 28 per cent of the country is agricultural land, and the agricultural sector employs about 39 per cent of the population. Most of the agricultural area is dedicated to the production of low-profit crops such as bananas, plantains, rice, maize and beans.

Since the 2008-2009 global economic crisis, Honduras has experienced a moderate recovery, driven by public investments, exports and higher remittances. Despite the favourable economic outlook, the country faces the highest level of economic inequality in Latin America. The 2014 Gini coefficient was 0.51.

Honduras suffers from one of the lowest levels of human development in the continent, owing to short life expectancy and the lowest per capita income in the Central American subregion. In rural areas in 2014, 65 per cent of rural households lived in poverty.

Honduras faces challenges regarding climate change, violence and external shocks. The country is prone to natural disasters and has one of the world’s highest homicide rates. In addition, the agricultural sector lost nearly one-third of its revenue over the past two decades, in part due to the declining prices of the country’s export crops, especially banana and coffee.

The Strategy

Our strategy in Honduras is consistent with the country’s poverty reduction strategy. IFAD loans and projects support improving on-farm and off-farm income-generating opportunities for poor rural people.

Activities pay special attention to women and work to strengthen the organizational capacities and bargaining power of rural organizations.

Key activities include:

  • helping rural communities participate in the market economy by improving their access to technologies and investments for agricultural and non-agricultural activities
  • integrating small-scale producers into agricultural and forestry value chains
  • improving access to assets and opportunities such as technology, investments and technical services for processing and diversifying products
  • strengthening the organizational capacities and bargaining power of grass-roots organizations
  • building the capacity of small farmers’ organizations to manage and administer business ventures
  • establishing linkages with the private sector
  • supporting indigenous peoples’ organizations as they voice the particular needs and concerns of their communities
  • increasing the capacity of local governments to facilitate land registration and to improve the efficiency and coverage of rural savings and loans associations

Results-based country strategic opportunities programme (COSOP):
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Country Facts

In Honduras, about 28 per cent of the country is agricultural land, and the agricultural sector employs about 39 per cent of the population.

In 2014, more than 63 per cent of the population lived in poverty. About 47 per cent live in rural areas and approximately six out of 10 of the rural households live in extreme poverty, or on less than US$2.50 per day.

Since 1979, IFAD has invested a total of US$146.9 million in 12 programmes and projects related to agricultural development in Honduras, benefiting more than 161,500 households.


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Country documents

Cosop Result Review Main report and appendices

Type: COSOP completion review (CCR)
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Projects and Programmes

PLANNED Under design after concept note approval

APPROVED Approved by the Executive Board or IFAD President

SIGNED Financing agreements signed

ONGOING Under implementation

CLOSED Completed/closed projects

No matching projects were found
No matching projects were found

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Honduras: El FIDA promueve las exportaciones de los pequeños agricultores centroamericanos

September 2015 - NEWS
El II Agro Encuentro de Negocios Rurales Centroamericanos reunirá a cientos de pequeños y medianos productores agrícolas con empresarios de la región, a fin de generar oportunidades de negocio y promover la oferta de productos agrícolas exportables de la región.

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Enabling poor rural people to overcome poverty in Honduras

November 2011

IFAD loans and grants have supported the government’s investments in poverty reduction programmes since 1979. Before 1998, when Hurricane Mitch devastated the country,IFAD was almost the only institution investing in rural development and poverty alleviation in Honduras.

IFAD also designed one of the first projects to be implemented after the disastrous hurricane: the National Fund for Sustainable Rural Development Project (FONADERS).