HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Access to land and resources» in Honduras
Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Some 65 per cent of its people live in extreme poverty. Neglect of the rural population is the main cause of the continuing exodus of people to cities and to other countries. Yet many have not yet lost hope of a better future in Honduras. With great commitment and creativity they are striving in village communities for a better future. HEKS/EPER supports them in improving agricultural output, in safeguarding natural resources and in the defence human rights. Because Honduras is regularly hit by natural disasters, HEKS/EPER also promotes disaster resilience.
Thanks to HEKS/EPER assistance, 76 per cent of 5000 peasant families managed to increase their production in 2019 and 70 per cent their incomes. Some 900 farmers are producing local seeds adapted to climate change. Twelve small human rights organisations were supported and assisted in their work of protecting persons at risk.
Rural communities need unimpeded access to natural resources such as land, water, pastures, savannahs or forests if they are to develop. The possibility to use these resources is critical to fighting hunger and poverty. Agriculture is, after all, the most important source of income for many rural communities. With crop farming, small plantations, livestock rearing, fishing or gathering they can secure their food supply and generate income by selling their produce. Land also serves communities as living space and reinforces cultural and spiritual identity. Many rural communities still lack access to land or risk losing it despite existing or traditional law. HEKS/EPER therefore helps them, through numerous projects, to secure long-term access to land and resources, both practically and legally.
Honduras Country Programme
Strengthening self-determination and autonomy
In southern Honduras, HEKS/EPER supports projects for the development of rural communities, the protection and defence of human rights, as well as disaster preparedness programmes.