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Project Name: Farmers’ Organization Production and Marketing Enhancement Project in Honduras
Project Description: This project implemented by TaiwanICDF and DICTA aims to strengthen the capacities of farmers’ organizations with the objective of increasing the value of potato production and the value of the strawberry chain. Through improving access to quality seeds and technical assistance, farmers’ organizations could expand market access and further increase smallholder farmers’ income.

This project is considered as a continuation of previous Healthy Seed Potato Project which has successfully established national seed potato production system in Honduras. It is expected that promoting locally produced and good quality seeds could lower farmers’ production cost, increase yield and generate more income. In recent years, Honduras’s strawberry industry has suffered from diseases and pests, and production has been drastically reduced. Therefore, one of the project objectives is to control the quality of the strawberry mother plant and establish a strawberry breeding base to provide disease-free plants for producers, which could revive Honduras’s strawberry industry.

By responding to the main policies established in the National Strategy for Family Agriculture of Honduras 2017-2030, and aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in food security, sustainable agriculture and women’s empowerment, the project prioritizes farmers’ organizations, especially for vulnerable groups such as women or indigenous people to link up with production chains in the agricultural sector and make a decent living

This project focuses on the following matters:(a)Improve the production and quality of agricultural products through disease-free seedling supply, technical assistance in enhancing production, access to microcredit and contract farming between producers and buyers;(b)Promote farmers organizations’ management and operation capacity by providing intensive and immediate guidance and training aiming at formally entering the markets; and (c)Support farmers’ organizations to increase profit margins by providing market information and raising the profile of farmers’ organizations via attending exhibitions and promotional activities.

Implementation Start Date: 2020/12/3
Implementation End Date: 2023/12/31
Project Objectives: Strengthen the capacities of 30 farmers’ organizations (at least 50% of the organizations are made up of women), with the goal of increasing average annual yield by 30% for potato farmers’ organizations, and recovering 70% of the production value of strawberry industry in Honduras.
Executing Agency: 1.Taiwan Technical Mission in Honduras
2.Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock’s Directorate of Agricultural Science and Technology (SAG-DICTA)
Current Progress: As of December 2020, the following activities have been completed:
1.The implementation agreement of the project was signed, and the kick-off meeting was held.
2.Screened and completed a shortlist of beneficiary farmers’ organizations.
3.Completed the plan of demonstration nursery and open field.
4.Completed 30 farmers’ organizations diagnostic reports prior to consulting.
5.Propagated 7,308 local specific pathogen free strawberry seedlings.
Project Coordinator Name: Kai-Fen Hsu
Project Coordinator Phone: +886-2-28732323 Ext.207
Project Coordinator E-mail: k.f.hsu@icdf.org.tw
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Honduras
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Central America, Honduras
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2020/12/29
  • Date Updated:2021/2/1