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Honduras: IICA and WFP Work Together for Small Holder Farmers

The cooperation agreement between WFP and IICA will help strengthen the organizational capacity and management of cooperatives in Honduras, which have more than 11,300 small holder farmers in their ranks, and participate in WFP’s Purchase for Progress initiative (P4P) in Honduras.

TEGUCIGALPA. --The World Food Programme (WFP) and the American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) signed an important cooperation agreement that facilitates the increase in agricultural production and sustainable access to markets for small producers who participate in the P4P (Purchase for Progress) Programme implemented by WFP Honduras.

This agreement will strengthen the organization capacities, managerial and good practices of manufacturing of directives, administrators and partners benefited by the programme, as well as strengthen the capacities of team work, decision making, transparency and innovation that lead to strengthening the organizational processes of the associations and the strengthening of market capacities and negotiation of 23 organizations of small holder farmers participating in the P4P initiative that WFP implements in the departments of Olancho, El Paraiso, Comayagua, Yoro, Intibuca, Lempira y Ocotepeque.

“This program allows an innovative entailment of the small farmers to the social programmes in a well explained planned and efficient manner, without incurring additional costs for the government. The synthesis is a successful Honduran model that will strengthen even more with the participation of associates such as the IICA,” indicated the WFP Representative in Honduras, Miguel Barreto.

The P4P program is an initiative that has transformed and continues to transform the lives of more than 11,300 small farmers - including some 2,600 women heads of households - to enable them to produce quality beans, selling about 400,000 quintals of beans and maize to WFP at fair prices, and thus increase their family income and ensure food security.

"This agreement contributes to the implementation of IICA´s Country Strategy in Honduras in support and collaboration with SAG (Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock) through their project, Market Access and Food Security for Small-Scale Producers. The outcomes of the agreement with WFP will not only help achieve the results of this project (P4P), but will also draw upon lessons learned from the experiences of WFP with small producers that will help improve the technical cooperation of  IICA in the country," said Gustavo Cardenas, IICA Representative in Honduras.