By promoting the adaptation of climate-smart and agroecological practices in agricultural production, the initiative seeks to bring about transformations in production systems and boost a decarbonised economy within the framework of the EU-Honduras voluntary association agreement.
Over the next four years, the project will mainly operate in the department of El Paraíso, with some activities held in Olancho.
During the launch event, Jaume Segura, Ambassador of the European Union in Honduras, highlighted the EU's commitment to combating deforestation and the conservation of biodiversity.
David Pastrana, from ICF, underscored the important opportunity that Honduras has by being the first country in the region to implement a voluntary partnership agreement between a timber exporting country and the European Union as part of the Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).
The project will work closely with producer organisations and other local actors to transform the coffee, cocoa, livestock and forestry value chains to make them more resilient to climate change. Partners include FEHCAFOR, Fundación MAS, IHCAFE, MANORPA, Solidaridad and FUNDER.
Liliana Sánchez Iglesias, Country Director of Swisscontact in Honduras, and Miguel Ángel Bonilla, Director of FUNDER, highlighted the importance of strengthening producer groups and facilitating access to financing mechanisms to promote the adoption of of climate-friendly practices and technologies that contribute to the producers' competitiveness.