Implemented through a public-private partnership:
Swisscontact, Instituto Hondureño del Café (IHCAFE), Molinos de Honduras, Secretaría de Agricultura y Ganadería de Honduras (SAG), Alcaldía de Danlí, Alcaldía de Namasigüe, COSUDE (first two years of the project)
The PROGRESA project was implemented through a public-private partnership, led by Swisscontact, in conjunction with IHCAFE (Institute of Honduran Coffee Producers), with Molinos de Honduras (a private commercial business), the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Production (SAG), and with the local governments of Danlí, El Paraíso Department, and Namasigüe, Choluteca Department.
PROGRESA helped to reduce poverty and improve food security in Honduras, generating better income and decent work for small and medium-scale producers; micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs); and employees operating in the value chains of coffee, high-quality aromatic cacao, and cashew. Its specific objective was improving the competitiveness and sustainability of these three chains in the selected regions, as well as increasing inclusion and equity for 10,200 producers and 16,000 employees.
The project implemented a total budget of 6,949,903 Euros (31% of partner donations). In the case of the cashew chain, a partnership was formed with the project Rural Market Opportunities in the Gulf of Fonseca, which is also implemented by Swisscontact.
Project activities contributed to achieving eight of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 1: Ending Poverty, SDG 2: Zero Hunger, SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 10: Reducing Inequalities, SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption, SDG 13: Climate Action, and SDG 17: Partnerships for Achieving the Goals.
Swisscontact’s methodological approach for managing value chains, combined with the experience of the consortium partners and collaboration with the private sector (mainly buyers) made it possible to achieve significant impact in all three value chains.
Between 2017-2021, PROGRESA actions contributed to:
PROGRESA also contributed to significant progress in terms of competitiveness and sustainability, such as the creation of inclusive business models, improved governance (public-private agreements), and the promotion of innovative processes among a range of market actors and in the management of inclusive knowledge and learning.
The outlook for coffee, cashew and high-quality aromatic cacao value chains: