Climate change and food insecurity are severely impacting rural livelihoods in Honduras and increasing rates of migration out of the country. Weather extremes are now a regular occurrence in the country, as droughts dry up rural farmer livelihoods, hurting an agricultural sector that employs 30 percent of the total labor force. The frequency of climate-related humanitarian crises has escalated with recent hurricanes like Eta and Iota devastating homes, crops and infrastructure. As the second poorest country in Central America, Honduras is experiencing soaring levels of out-migration and urbanization, factors that increase poverty and threaten a vulnerable agricultural sector. Lutheran World Relief is committed to building hope for the next generation and supporting Hondurans to achieve a stable and dignified life within their own country.
Lutheran World Relief has worked in Honduras since the early 1990s, focusing on food security, coffee value chain development, crop diversification, gender integration, youth and humanitarian assistance. Building lasting partnerships with local non-governmental organizations, government officials, farmer cooperatives and other value chain actors, we contribute to an inclusive and sustainable agricultural economy and improve smallholder farmer livelihoods by diversifying agricultural production and income, improving on-farm processing and storage, strengthening local food markets, and training youth with the skills they need to launch small businesses or find employment.
Lutheran World Relief helps rural communities strengthen their resilience against the increasingly severe effects of climate change, water scarcity and unfavorable market systems.