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ACCESS to Production and Nutrition

ACCESS to Production and Nutrition is reducing poverty and malnutrition and improving the health of 20,500 households in the southern Honduran Dry Corridor (La Paz, Intibuc√°, and Lempira) by delivering activities and services aimed at increasing incomes, employment opportunities, productivity, access to markets, financial services, and better maternal and child nutrition and health services. Key results to date:

  • 20,000 hectares of land under improved practices, with more than 11,000 households surpassing targets in income increases.
  • 92 percent of children under six months in target communities exclusively breastfed.
  • Project Duration: 2015-2020
  • Value Chains: Coffee; horticulture; staple crops
  • Regions: Intibuc√°; La Paz; Lempira

ACCESS to Markets increased agriculture sector growth and improved nutrition for more than 18,000 client households in Honduras' northern dry corridor. It established market-driven production programs to match suppliers to local, regional, and international buyers, with a focus on higher-value and value-added crops. The activity generated more than $80 million in sales, doubling the average household income over five years. On-farm income increased from $891 per household to more than $1,600. Proportion of income derived from basic grains went from 13 to 6 percent as farmers moved into high-value crop production. The project also promoted increased dietary diversity, improved sanitation and hygiene practices, and worked with partners to expand access to maternal and child services.
USAID-ACCESO worked with 165,000 men, women, and children to lift them out of poverty and malnutrition through access to economic development opportunities, including new markets and improved health and nutrition practices. The project helped clients generate nearly $40.5 million in new income by introducing good agricultural practices and market-driven production programs for cash and staple crops, as well as by expanding off-farm micro enterprise and employment opportunities. The prevalence of stunting and malnutrition among client children under the age of 5 decreased by roughly 40 percent. The project also worked in natural resource management to improve community watershed and forestry management.
The MCC-funded EDA activity assisted more than 6,000 smallholder farmers in 16 departments to increase incomes through new and improved agricultural technologies. Smallholder farmers received assistance via partners and technicians trained in Fintrac's market-led extension methodology. EDA also focused on improving market logistics, postharvest handling, certification, and business development services. The activity increased each participating farmer's income by $2,000 per hectare.
USAID-RED transferred new technologies that increased the competitiveness of micro, small, and medium rural enterprises; boosted production and profitability; and expanded local and export sales. In total, USAID-RED generated more than $52 million in new sales and created more than 5,800 jobs. Clients invested more than $24 million in production infrastructure and equipment.
This program included several USAID agreements that began with assistance to rural farming families in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch. USAID-CDA provided technical assistance to client groups in marketing, production, postharvest handling, and processing. Other areas of assistance included business development services, logistics, environment, worker health, food safety, and access to finance. Total client sales increased from $27 to $45.8 million while employment increased by nearly 40 percent.

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