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Hydroponics and greenhouses: a hope for Honduras

April 12, 2023

"When 70% of my crop was destroyed, I was forced to look for other horizons. A future in agriculture seemed too uncertain at the time," says Honduran farmer Felix Zelaya.

Felix's story is not an isolated one. In recent years, between 70 and 80 percent of the crops of basic grains such as maize and beans have been lost in Central America. Climate change is one of the main drivers of rural migration. One of the needs of producing families is access to productive technologies that allow them to strengthen their resilience to the threats of climate change.

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El Paraíso, Francisco Morazán, La Paz, and Cortés (Honduras)

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500 families producing vegetables (87 led by women) of the six farmers' companies that make up the Consorcio Agrocomercial de Honduras - CONAGROH. 5,000 citizens

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14 months

Challenges to increasing food security in the face of climate change

In Honduras - and the rest of the world - farmers are limited in their ability to cope with the imminent consequences of climate change:

  • There is limited access to technology and productive infrastructure for mitigating the effects of climate change;
  • Problems of soil degradation and water availability;
  • High incidence of soil and crop pests and diseases;

While the population, is in the following situation in terms of food consumption:

  • there is a 25.90% prevalence of anaemia in children under 5 years of age
  • 58% of foods are carbohydrates for children and adolescents
  • 1.40% prevalence of acute malnutrition in children under 5
  • 20.2% prevalence of overweight or obese adults, youth and children.
Previously there were no environmentally friendly pesticides. Applying harmful pesticides not only hurts the consumer, but also ourselves and the people who quietly walk around their crops. Juan Gómez, 24-year-old farmer, Chiligatoro, Honduras

This is only the beginning. After learning and trying this hydroponic greenhouse I will put another one in and give more jobs to the people in my community

Juan Mendez - 23-year-old farmer, resident of Malguara, Honduras

Our approach: Innovate through hydroponics

Faced with this situation, one of the viable alternatives is to provide producing families with technology such as hydroponics, through their associative companies. Under this production system, farming families will be mitigating the impacts of climate change and will be more efficient by reducing water use by 70%, while at the same time contributing to the conservation of the environment. To this end, the initiative includes:

  1. The provision of technology to producing families through the installation of 18 hydroponic systems, under protected structures for the production of vegetables.
  2. With the installation of the systems, the process of capacity building will begin for producing families, with an emphasis on young men and women, through field schools (FFS) on the farms where the systems will be installed.
  3. In alliance with the municipality, a communication campaign will be implemented aimed at mothers and young people in urban and rural areas to generate knowledge about how they should feed their families and gradually incorporate vegetables and fruit into their eating habits. This activity includes the preparation of a recipe book and the organisation of theatre workshops in study centres for children and adolescents.

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  1. There is greater production of quality vegetables and fruit, thus increasing the income of producing families.
  2. 100 young people (30 women and 70 men) have acquired knowledge for the use of hydroponic technology and good agricultural practices in this type of system.
  3. 727 producing families and 5,000 urban and rural inhabitants have learned new ways of preparing vegetables and fruits through multimedia channels.

Who do we work with?

Municipality of the Central District (Tegucigalpa)


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