HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Agricultural production and market systems» 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.
HEKS/EPER is active primarily in rural areas, where prosperity and quality of life for the poorest are closely bound up with properly functioning agriculture. This is often not the case, however, as depleted soil, poor transport routes or lacking know-how hamper profitable agricultural production. HEKS/EPER helps people engage in profitable and ecological agriculture. This calls for sustainable production techniques and a great diversity of products so as to be able to react to environmental risks and market changes. In order that produce can be marketed successfully, HEKS/EPER enhances smallholders' knowledge of the market and militates for market systems in which smallholders are able to survive. In so doing HEKS/EPER mediates between producing, processing and subcontracting enterprises.
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.