Together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), LWR in Honduras has adopted an innovative program strategy to increase food security in agricultural communities by influencing municipal regulations, institutional policies, and social norms in Western Honduras to reduce gender-based gaps in access to resources for productive enterprises. In addition to policy change and empowerment of women and women’s groups, LWR also uses an innovative masculinities methodology in this program to promote changes in male attitudes towards equitable political and economic participation by women.
LWR is supporting Honduras’ efforts to generate growth in the export of high-quality cocoa. In Honduras, small cocoa farm enterprises struggle to enter high-value export value chains due to limited market information and knowledge which leads to poor tree care, poor pre- and post-processing handling, and ultimately limits production quantity and quality.
LWR is also working in Honduras to improve food security through small-scale agriculture. In Francisco Morazán, LWR is working to establish sustainable community agricultural production in an area unable to produce sufficient food to meet household requirements. Efforts to improve production include: sustainable water management; distribution and training with improved seeds in collaboration with the Secretary of Agriculture; and establishment of demonstration plots using tunnel greenhouses and organic fertilizers. LWR is helping establish committees for the long-term management of natural resources and interchange of information.
Several years of severe periods of drought have caused a food crisis in the south of the Department of Lempira where there is a lack of access to basic food groups and very low economic capabilities to purchase nutritious foods. During periods of annual crisis, LWR provides immediate humanitarian relief to families to increase food availability and consumption through the distribution of cash and vouchers. As LWR stimulates the micro-economy of the area during intense dry periods, LWR is distributing assistance through a case-bycase basis while ensuring the sustainability of the community’s economic system.
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