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NURSERY – MARCOVIA, CHOLUTECA

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Different species of fruit trees are being planted in the Pacific’s Nursery and Papaya is one of them.

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The Indian lemon is another fruit crop that grows very well in a very dry area such as the department of Choluteca where three more nurseries were built.

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650 families will benefit through food for work in the department of Choluteca to implement this programme.

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With a production capacity of 384,000 seedlings per shift for three months, these seedlings are used for reforestation, forest protection, soil conservation, recovery of water resources.

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Nacer Benalleg, WFP Honduras Deputy Director, talks with Santos Lagos who is the coordinator of the 50 families who are beneficiaries in the community of Lajas Blancas, Marcovia, Choluteca.

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Santos Lagos explaining how the process of planting seedlings of passion fruit; this is one of the 12 species of fruit that are resistant to dry weather, and that will diversify the livelihoods of vulnerable households to food insecurity in the area.

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Nursery opening event, one of the six nurseries that were built in the departments of La Paz, Francisco Morazán, Choluteca and El Paraiso, thanks to the strategic partnership between the municipal authorities and the Forest Conservation Institute (ICF).

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The beneficiaries of this project are part of the strategy Agroforestry and Resilience to Climate Change Programme, where 12,800 families will be benefited for  five years (2,560 families per year) for a total of 64,000 indirect beneficiaries annually.

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Protection of vulnerable areas of communities, diversification of livelihoods of vulnerable households by planting fruits trees, firewood and timber, and its proper conservation are the objectives of this programme.

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The Vice-Minister of the Forest Conservation Institute (ICF), Jose Antonio Galdames, and WFP Deputy Director, Nacer Benalleg, with a group of beneficiaries.

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During the programme the following species resistant to this climate change will be planted: Mahogany, Pacific Timber, Cedro Real, Cedro Espino, Teak, Eucalyptus, Melina, Guanacaste, Australian Pine, Laurel, San Juan, Gravilea – fruit and medicinal. Lemon, avocado, mango, plum, marañon, nance, tamarindo, moringa, espavel, neem, carao, morro. Wood Energy: Acacia, carreto, leucaena, mangle.

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Single mothers, heads of low-income households, and elderly people received technical assistance, training, equipment and supplies, and they are in charge for the care, watering, planting, seedlings and subsequent reforestation processes.

This is one of the six nurseries which is part of the Agroforestry and Resilience to Climate Change Programme being implemented in 45 municipalities in the dry corridor of Honduras. The programme will foster resilience of vulnerable households located in degraded environments and exposed to risks due to climate change through food conditionalities in compliance with health and education, environmental improvement, conservation of biodiversity, value chains and household income.