Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. 48.3 percent of its population lives in poverty and 60.1 percent live in rural areas, the GINI coefficient that measures inequality was at 50.5 in 2017, which is among the highest in the region and in the world (World Bank 2018). At the macroeconomic level, Honduras shows signs of slowing down as its GDP fell from 4.1 to 2.4 percent from 2015 to 2019 (Central Bank of Honduras) and, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is expected that the country's economy will register a growth of -2.3 percent in 2020 (World Bank). In this same period, inflation increased from 2.4 to 4.1 percent, mainly in fuels, food, and transportation. Another impact indicator on the economy is that of the remittances, which rose from 5.4 percent to 9 percent (thanks to the stronger dynamism of the United States economy); and that, together with climate change, encourages migration to thU.S. For the period from 1998 to 2017, according to the World Climate Risk Index, Puerto Rico, Honduras and Myanmar are the most vulnerable countries in the world. The median age of the population in Honduras is 24, which should be a good opportunity for investors. This country also has a great biodiversity and many different ethnic populations. 

facts and figures

  • Area: 112,492 km²
  • Population: 9,580,000
  • Capital: Tegucigalpa M.D.C.

Swisscontact in Honduras

  • since 1996


Trade facilitation
Inclusive Coffee: Promoting sustainable markets
The project seeks to reduce the existing inequalities in the sustainable coffee value chain in order to create more resilient livelihoods for smallholder sustainable coffee farmers.
Initial vocational education and training, Sustainable tourism
Professional training for young people (Projoven)
The population of Honduras suffers from poverty, violence, corruption and unemployment. According to the National Statistics Institute of Honduras (INE), the unemployment rate is slightly over 7%; however, if the under-employment rate is added to this, it surpasses 40%, with young people comprising the largest group of unemployed. Furthermore, this...
Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
Rural Market Opportunities in the Gulf of Fonseca
The Dry Corridor is one of the most impoverished and economically depressed areas of Honduras. Here, 65% of households live below the poverty line, while 48% are extremely poor and experience high rates of malnutrition and other negative social consequences. Commercial agriculture for export is the main source of seasonal jobs for poor people,...
Trade facilitation
Competitive, inclusive and sustainable development of supply chains for coffee, fino de aroma cocoa and cashews producers
Most producers in the Departments of El Paraíso, Valle and Choluteca do not manage to make their businesses successful, due principally to exploitation, inadequate harvesting practices and poor knowledge of the market. Fino de aroma cocoa is an alternative crop for coffee growers in El Paraiso, where 51,200 hectares of coffee plantations supply...
Sustainable agriculture
Corredor Seco Food Security Project in Honduras
The Dry Corridor is one of the poorest and most economically depressed areas of Honduras. 65% of households live below the poverty line and 48 per cent are extremely poor. They experience high rates of malnutrition and lack access to opportunities for socio-economic development sustainable and adequate public health and education services....


Working to make gender research actionable in Honduras
Given the challenge of making gender approaches and concepts actionable, especially the concept of women’s empowerment, multiple tools have been developed to operationalize theory and thus improve the lives of women in the agricultural sector. However, many of the opportunities that exist to improve the capacity of practitioners to generate change still lie in our ability to share the lessons we learn by implementing these tools with rural communities.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
“The training gave us new hope”
In the Rural Opportunities project, Swisscontact supports businesspeople from disadvantaged population segments. The following quotes provide glimpses into how they are benefiting from the project, even during the COVID-19 crisis.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism, Sustainable agriculture
For a resilient economy in the Dry Corridor
On the pacific coast of Honduras, poverty is widespread. Opportunities for women to escape poverty are particularly scarce. For this reason, Swisscontact is promoting women’s entrepreneurship in the region with the Rural Opportunities project, helping farmers to make their production more efficient.


In order to achieve resilient livelihoods for people, as well as for companies and for the general economy of Honduras, Swisscontact aligns its actions with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These include eradicating poverty, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, responsible consumption and production, and forming partnerships to achieve these goals. To this aim, Swisscontact executes projects sponsored by private and public donors (SDC, European Union, Government of Honduras, among others). 

To achieve the greatest possible impact from the interventions, the projects incorporate scalability (use in other regions), focus on associations (organisations, field schools for agriculture, etc.) and the use of result-based methodologies (logical framework, results chain, monitoring systems, etc.). The experience in Honduras has shown that the path to resilience is linked to the creation of productive jobs and the generation of income. 


Swisscontact Honduras
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