Learn More: Honduras
THE DIVERSE ECOSYSTEMS and peoples of Honduras face serious environmental and socio-economic challenges. Logging and slash-and-burn agriculture have destroyed or damaged large parts of Honduras’ once-pristine cloud and tropical forests. Rugged mountains and hills cover close to 80 percent of Honduras’ total land area, making agriculture a challenge for the local families who depend on it for their sustenance and livelihoods. Threatened by extensive erosion, sedimentation and degradation of soils, the livelihoods of many subsistence farmers is at risk unless provided sustainable techniques.
SHI has been working in Honduras since 1997 to provide farmers the necessary knowledge and equipment to improve degraded lands and rebuild ecosystems that were once rich in biodiversity. Beginning in the western mountains of Honduras’ Santa Barbara department and bordering Guatemala, SHI’s Honduras program has since expanded to work with the Tolupan, an indigenous ethnic group of the Yoro department in the Northern part of the country.
SHI-Honduras (also called Fundación Cosecha Sostenible de Honduras or FUCOHSO) is the organization’s largest and oldest program and is noted for its commitment to community participation and empowerment. Working with several hundred families, SHI-Honduras has facilitated communal work projects, including information sharing and technology exchanges.