The project prioritizes actions for 50 families in the community of Cruz Alta, La Campa in the Department of Lempira, mainly associated families of Empresa Cafetalera Camapara and who are in vulnerable position either by poverty and / or high-risk health / or social vulnerability and who participated in the first phase of the healthy Families program
On average about 290 are direct beneficiaries of the project.
Objectives (General and Specific)
To help improve the food security of the coffee producing families, by implementing sustainable production systems in every home.
• Developing productive capacities in families that support the availability and access to a basic diet
• Improve the nutritional levels according to cultural preferences of families, seeking variety and quality of food and increase community participation in solving food problems.
Summary Description (Summary of the Methodology)
The implementation of this project is intended to complement the diet of low-income families through self food production on a small scale with the creation of gardens in small areas that generate adequate and stable food availability, under conditions that allow proper biological use, for a healthy and active life.
The project aims to improve the standard of living in a sustainable way as improving family nutrition and is generated a surplus that can be marketed properly by training the beneficiaries.
Project Budget Summary
Fundación Amigos del Cafe is a nonprofit organization that was created on the initiative of a group of businessmen and coffee cooperatives, with the primary aim of improving the standard of living of families engaged in activities of coffee production in the West of Honduras especially those who are living in extreme poverty. It has an operational structure, mainly in the departments of Copán, Ocotepeque, Intibucá and Lempira, with offices in the City of Santa Rosa de Copan.
Since November 2012 the project started in western Honduras, working directly on the development of capacities on people in rural communities achieve healthier homes, from improvement of traditional stoves and the provision of water filters. Much progress has been achieved and the impact has been significant in terms of improving health and direct contribution to the environment.
Empresa Cafetalera Camapara meanwhile is a group of men and women, which has coverage in the community of Cruz Alta and nearby villages currently receiving support and technical assistance in the production of differentiated coffee in the Celaque National Park by Beneficio Santa Rosa, recently certified their coffee with seals like Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and 4C.
The community of Cruz Alta is located in the town of La Campa, department of Lempira. 95% of the population belongs to the Lenca ethnic group. Most predominant work force is in agriculture.
In 96.5% of households has a member self-employed that work the land, in addition to producing food, only 82.6% produce enough food for consumption and 11.6% obtained surplus for sale, mainly coffee, corn and beans. The most predominant in the community is coffee production with a 97.7% of the household, followed by a 90.7% corn and beans with 59.3%. In Cruz Alta just 33.7% has a home garden in their home and from the families selected for this project none has this good practice.
The Production systems that have been implemented by this families are traditional, registering low yields in production and productivity, which means that the poorest families in the region do not have a basic diet for the nutrition of their dependents, and when opportunities permit they purchase products for family consumption imported at high prices dictated by local and regional brokers.
Currently the diet of people living in the rural community of Cruz Alta is a limited consumption of corn, beans, and rice, in some cases some people can buy other food like some vegetables which mostly are purchased on the local market; this small percentage of people who buy vegetables often can grow them at home, but do not, due to lack of crop knowledge.
This project aims to strengthen good practice in the community, promoting the implementation of home gardens as the basis for improving the production of vegetables, herbs and fruits that provide micronutrients to basic diet, we can also point these principal direct benefits:
1. Improved nutrition of beneficiaries.
2. Improved environment
3. Familiar Savings.
4. Additional income when they sell the products.
Project Description (Methodology)
This project is part of the second stage of the Healthy Family Program with the campesino a campesino methodology will be used in a participatory process of promoting and improving the farmers production systems based on the principle that participation and empowerment are key elements in sustainable development, which focuses on individual initiative and the role of women and men farmers, and will be complemented by:
• Participatory Diagnosis
• Planning and management of the home gardens.
• The farmer experimentation
• Practical demonstrations
• Training workshops
• Exchanges of experience
Vegetables, medicinal plants, garden plants and native species will be grown. The home garden project will provide families of supplies, seeds, establishing gardens and technical assistance for at least one year.
Very important is the planning of the garden through a production plan that considers which products are to be planted, as will stagger crop production, which is the actual demand for food, tastes and preferences of the family, the area to be planted for each crop and production cycle time.
Outcomes, Indicators and Activities
|To help improve the food security of the coffee producing families, by implementing sustainable production systems in every home.||
||90% of families diversify their production systems.80% of families have a home garden that helps to improve the diet.
70% of families have adopted healthy food and nutrition practices.
Six food groups incorporated in the basic diet.
|home gardensTraining workshops
Exchange of experiences
Pictures, assist listings, stories of change
|-Diagnostic Survey-Verification of conditions in yards and garden planning.-Practical demonstration and the planning of family garden.- Practical demonstration for land preparation, inputs, control weeds, pests and diseases.
-Training Workshop on organic fertilizers and mountain microorganisms
-Provision of seeds, supplies and materials
-Implementation of the home garden
-Training on healthy eating, cooking course includes the preparation of food with high nutritional value.
– Tracking and monitoring
Alliances with Local Organizations
To implement the project will work in alliance with Empresa Cafetalera Camapara.